If Lance Thomas is the most pleasant surprise off the bench, then Langston Galloway is surprise No. 2.
Galloway is following up on a very promising rookie campaign by starting to assume the point guard role down the stretch of games. Even though he’s not a true point guard, his athleticism and shot-making ability proves huge in the Knicks often-stagnant backcourt.
Derrick Williams, B-
Derrick Williams has done exactly what the Knicks needed him to do this season. He’s led the way in scoring for the second unit.
Scoring 8.9 per game and contributing on the boards, Williams leads the way in transition points for the squad who is dead last in the league in that area.
Robin Lopez, B-
At first glance it seemed as though Robin Lopez was never going to live up to the hefty price-tag placed on him this past summer. However, it’s been proven otherwise as of late.
Along with the great shot-blocking ability of Porzingis, Lopez adds toughness and grit to a team lacking in both categories.
Arron Afflalo, B-
The only negative coming from Arron Afflalo’s season was the two weeks he missed to start the season. The rest of the campaign has been exactly what we expected.
The positives come when realizing he has the ability to create and make his own shot. The negatives come when realizing he’s just not that solid defensively. His lack of lateral quickness is big time detriment to the defensive unit as a whole.