On This Date: Knicks sign Langston Galloway

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January 7, 2015: The New York Knicks sign Langston Galloway to an NBA contract

On this date, Langston Galloway made history by becoming the first-ever call-up from the Westchester Knicks. The Knicks signed him to successive 10-day contracts and eventually signed him to a two-year deal with the team.

Galloway initially joined the Knicks summer league roster, at the insistence of Clarence Gaines Jr., and made the preseason roster. The team waived him before the end of the preseason due to a glut of guards (Jose Calderon, Pablo Prigioni, Iman Shumpert, Shane Larkin) on the roster. Rather than playing overseas, Galloway decided to sign with the Westchester Knicks to audition for an NBA role.

While in Westchester, Galloway averaged 16.5 points, 2.1 threes, and 2.7 steals/game. While only 6’2, Galloway’s 6’8 wingspan allowed him to play tenacious defense against some of the bigger point guards in the league.

As a result of the JR Smith & Iman Shumpert trades, the Knicks called up Galloway and he quickly impressed everyone with his defense, competitive spirit, and ability to play within the triangle offense. He quickly racked up a stretch of five games in double figures and topped that with six straight games to end the year. He scored a season-high 26 points in a victory against the Atlanta Hawks in the second-to-last game of the season. One of his memorable moments was a game-tying three-point shot against the Detroit Pistons to send the game into overtime.

His performance garnered a 2nd-Team All-Rookie selection, the first undrafted Knick to achieve that honor. He eventually played for the New Orleans Pelicans & Sacramento Kings before receiving a 3-year, $21 million contract from the Detroit Pistons.

 

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