In March 2014, the Knicks announced their acquisition of the 18th NBA Development League franchise, becoming the seventh NBA team to fully own and operate their own minor-league affiliate.
By January 2015, the move was paying immediate dividends on the court at Madison Square Garden.
Everything Langston Galloway brought 30 miles downtown from the Westchester to the New York Knicks represented a victory for the organization’s new setup.
After going undrafted out of Saint Joseph’s (Pa.), Galloway followed every step on a D-League prospect’s path to the NBA: spending Summer League with the Knicks in July, signing a training camp/preseason contract in September, being cut and tabbed as one of 46 “affiliate players” in October, turning heads in Westchester for six weeks and finally earning a GATORADE Call-Up to Manhattan.
He quickly became a bright spot, scoring 19 points in his MSG debut and reaching 20+ five times in his 45 big-league games. That earned Galloway second-team All-Rookie honors in 2014-15, but the 2015-16 season will be the true litmus test to determine whether he’s here to stay.
New York Highlights
|Galloway’s Per-36-Minute Statistics with Knicks|
|PTS||REB||AST||TO||STL||FGM/FGA (FG%)||3FGM/3FGA (3FG%)|
|Westchester (19 games)||16.1||5.8||2.4||1.5||2.6||5.9/13.2 (44.7%)||2.0/5.6 (35.8%)|
|New York (45 games)||13.3||4.8||3.6||1.5||1.3||5.1/12.7 (40.2%)||1.6/4.4 (35.4%)|
In His Own Words
“My dad just gave me a ball when I was little, when I was three years old, and I just went with it. My mom has always been on me about playing since she’s watched the game over the years. … I just compete for my family and the name on my back. And I just go out and have fun and enjoy the game I’ve played all my life. That’s the main motivation.
[I want to show the Knicks] that I’m a team player and that I don’t need to go out there and score thirty points a night. That’s not my motive. I’m just out there to try to get everything organized and play hard. I want to show them I can do that.”