Galloway contributing to rising Knicks

As the New York Knicks continue their moderately successful start to the 2015-16 NBA season, one player has proven he is NBA-worthy, and the back of his jersey does not read “PORZINGIS.”

After going undrafted out of St. Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania, Langston Galloway joined the Knicks’ 2014 Summer League squad and certainly raised some eyebrows. He was waived just a few days before the regular season and was assigned to the Westchester Knicks, New York’s D-League affiliate.

In the county just north of New York City, Galloway shined, averaging 16 points, six rebounds and three assists per game during the Westchester Knicks’ inaugural season. On Jan. 7, Galloway became the first call-up in franchise history where he signed a 10-day contract with the professional squad.

The Louisiana native continued to impress in the NBA with numerous clutch shots, highlight dunks and natural leadership en route to a two-year contract and a permanent spot in Derek Fisher’s erratic rotation. The 6-foot-2-inch point guard passed up guaranteed money in Europe to play in the D-League, hoping for a chance to play in the NBA, and when he got that opportunity, he took full advantage of it.

Fast forward to December 2015, and Galloway is one of the best three-point shooters-percentage-wise-in the entire league. As of Dec. 1, his .450 field goal percentage from behind the arc is the twelfth best among qualified players, and it puts him superior to names like Stephen Curry and Kyle Korver who have .455 and .432 shooting percentages from beyond the arc, respectively.

Galloway’s style of play is one that will not go out of style anytime soon. A hustling, hard-nosed player who is an above-average shooter should be a nice addition to this roster for the near future, especially considering how team-friendly his contract is: two years for $1 million. He will never be the star player of the team or even a legitimate starter, but his dedication to the game he loves has brought him to new heights among all the skyscrapers of New York.

Galloway has embraced New York, taking full advantage of its resources and opportunities. As recently as Thanksgiving, he visited a local McDonald’s where he brought meals to the families of cancer patients. Galloway also started a new tradition in Harlem called the “Thanksgiving Fiesta,” during which he distributes food to the less fortunate.

While we may never know how many minutes each Knickerbocker plays every night under Fisher, we do know that Galloway will always be one of the first guards off the bench. And when he does come in the game, we can expect hustle, heart and leadership: attributes every New Yorker needs to possess in order to be successful in the city that never sleeps.

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