May 19th 2015: Knicks end up with the 4th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft
After ending up with the 2nd worst record overall in the 2014-15 season, the worst record in franchise history, and only 1/2 game ahead of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the NBA Draft gods decided not to be nice and gave the Knicks the 4th overall pick in the NBA Draft. The crowd immediately showed disgust after deputy commissioner Mark Tatum displayed the Knicks envelope.
Immediately after the pick, Steve Mills showed a sign of disgust after realizing the team would be out of the Karl Anthony Towns sweepstakes. The Knicks did a relatively outstanding job shifting into rebuild mode early in January after their terrible start to the season. Out were JR Smith & Iman Shumpert and in came extended minutes for both Lance Thomas & Lou Amundson.
Unfortunately, a few too many clutch baskets from Tim Hardaway Jr. & Langston Galloway helped the Knicks avoid the worst record in the NBA. On the bright side, the Knicks drafted Kristaps Porzingis and the rest is history.
January 18th 2016: The New York Knicks defeat the Philadelphia 76ers in a double overtime Martin Luther King Day thriller
The New York Knicks perhaps didn’t expect a MLK Day matinee against the five win Philadelphia 76ers to extend into double overtime. The Knicks held a 18 point lead in the 3rd quarter. However, the Philadelphia 76ers clawed back into the game, led by Ish Smith, Robert Covington & Nerlens Noel to tie the game and took a 96-93 lead with 3.4 seconds left in the 4th quarter.
Carmelo Anthony came to the rescue by connecting on a three pointer to tie the game. The game went into double overtime, but the Knicks, led by Langston Galloway and Robin Lopez, took charge in the period to get the 119-113 victory.
Melo played more than 49 minutes on a sore ankle, but had a respectable statline of 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists. He struggled from the field (7-28), but had the pivotal three before the end of regulation. Arron Afflalo led the Knicks with 25 points. Kristaps Porzingis had a double double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, but left the game in the 4th quarter with a right foot injury.
The win brought the Knicks to a 19-11 record on MLK Day.
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.