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Lance Thomas | Forward

Team: New York Knicks
Age / DOB:  (26) / 4/24/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 225
College: Duke
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Lance Thomas (groin) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Celtics.
This is a tough break for Thomas, as he actually drew the start in the Knicks' last game against the Cavaliers, scoring 11 points with five boards in 23 minutes. Cleanthony Early is also said to be dealing with an ankle issue, meaning Travis Wear, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Quincy Acy could be forced into big minutes on Wednesday. Stay tuned. Feb 25 - 10:30 AM

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Lance Thomas will replace Cleanthony Early in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Cavaliers.

Early scored just two points in 23 minutes in a start against the Heat on Friday, but coach Derek Fisher said that Thomas was starting for his ability to guard multiple positions. in 15 starts this season, Thomas has averaged 6.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists, so there's no reason to grab him in most leagues.
Feb 22 - 11:23 AM

Lance Thomas played 19 minutes against the Heat on Friday, making 1-of-9 from the field for two points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal.

He had a couple noteworthy games in two instances with Carmelo Anthony out in the past few weeks, but it just wasn't there tonight. Thomas doesn't block shots, he isn't a strong rebounder and can't shoot efficiently. Leave him on the wire due to a low upside.
Feb 21 - 1:32 AM

Lance Thomas (undisclosed) will not play on Wednesday.

He sat out Tuesday's practice and the Knicks haven't provided any details about the cause of his absence. With Carmelo Anthony (knee) also sidelined, Tim Hardaway Jr. will start and more minutes will fall to Jason Smith and Lou Amundson, with guys like Quincy Acy, Cleanthony Early and Travis Wear also in the mix.
Feb 11 - 5:39 PM

Lance Thomas did not practice on Tuesday.

It's not clear exactly what ailment he's dealing with, but we'll be considering him questionable for Wednesday's game against the Magic. If he's forced to sit, there will be more minutes for Louis Amundson, Jason Smith, and Cole Aldrich. Stay tuned.

Lance Thomas scored 10 points with four rebounds in 35 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

He usually picks up some major run on the nights Carmelo Anthony rests, but he was a letdown tonight. Melo shouldn't be out for too long, so Thomas is more of a stash in deep leagues.
Feb 7 - 10:16 PM

Lance Thomas will start against the Warriors on Saturday.

The last time Carmelo Anthony sat out, Thomas played 41 minutes with a stat line of 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and one steal. He's probably not going to be as great as that evening on Jan. 24, but he's worth a look as a plug-and-play guy.
Feb 7 - 5:55 PM

Lance Thomas scored 14 points on 7-of-13 shooting with one rebound and two assists in 29 minutes off the bench on Friday against the Nets.

Thomas is one of a handful of young Knicks that owners will want to watch as we head into the last third of the season. His stat set isn't that great for standard leagues, but in an extreme tanking scenario it's possible that changes.
Feb 6 - 11:54 PM

Lance Thomas' downward trajectory continued on Sunday, as he finished the game with two points on 1-of-3 shooting, one assist, one steal and two turnovers.

After scoring in double-figures three consecutive games for the Knicks on an unsustainable 62.1 percent shooting from the field, Thomas has seen a regression to the mean and has been limited to single-digit scoring the past two games. He doesn't offer a lot of upside, and after this unimpressive performance he can be cut in nearly all leagues.
Feb 1 - 7:36 PM

The Knicks announced on Saturday that they have signed forward Lance Thomas for the remainder of the season.

Thomas has exceeded expectations since arriving from the Thunder, and he has earned a decent role at both forward spots for the Knicks. Thomas doesn't have a lot of upside, but his playing time could increase if Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire miss more time in the future, and all indications say that they will. For now, Thomas can be ignored outside of deeper leagues.
Jan 31 - 10:23 AM

Lance Thomas scored eight points with two rebounds and two turnovers against the Pacers on Thursday in 24 minutes.

He started slow and was a disappointment following his 17-point gem on Wednesday. Thomas logs minutes at both forward spots and he amazingly played in all but two of the five-man lineups from Saturday's game without Carmelo Antony and Amare Stoudemire, which indicates how much coach Derek Fisher trusts him right now. Thomas won't have much value now, but he'll see a nice increase on the nights Melo sits.
Jan 29 - 9:32 PM

The Knicks are expected to extend Lance Thomas' contract for the remainder of the season.

Thomas' second 10-day contract is due to end Friday, so this move will keep him from hitting the free agent market. The 26-year-old is averaging 11.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.4 assists over his last five games and is worth a look in deeper fantasy leagues.
Jan 29 - 9:51 AM

Lance Thomas, who was cut by the Thunder earlier this season, had 17 points and five rebounds on 8-of-13 shooting in 25 minutes against his former team on Wednesday.

Really, any one of the Knicks could go off on any night, as most of them are no names, or are just old and outdated, and Thomas is no exception. He's scored either 16 or 17 points in three straight games and it sounds like the Knicks plan on keeping both Thomas and Lou Amundson around going forward, although they're both playing on 10-day contracts right now.
Jan 29 - 1:20 AM

Lance Thomas played a whopping 41 minutes against the Hornets on Saturday with 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers.

He was extremely active with his elbow touches on offense and coach Derek Fisher actually ran isolation plays for him like his name was Carmelo Anthony (rest). Thomas made just 22.2 percent from the field in 2012-13, but he's become a great offensive guy for the Knicks on their Island of Misfit Players. He is still on a 10-day deal, but give him a look in deep leagues. To be clear, he'll likely play minutes in the mid-20s on nights Melo plays.
Jan 24 - 9:34 PM

Langston Galloway, Tim Hardaway Jr., Lance Thomas, Jason Smith and Lou Amundson will start against the Hornets on Saturday.

Interesting. Thomas was awesome down the stretch on Friday and coach Derek Fisher is going with the hot hand there in place of Carmelo Anthony (rest). He played 25 minutes for 16 points, so there's a chance he gets to close to 30 minutes tonight -- he won't be as efficient, though.
Jan 24 - 5:32 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Jose Calderon
2Shane Larkin
SG1Langston Galloway
2Tim Hardaway Jr.
3Alexey Shved
SF1Lance Thomas
2Cleanthony Early
3Carmelo Anthony
PF1Travis Wear
2Quincy Acy
3Andrea Bargnani
C1Jason Smith
2Louis Amundson
3Cole Aldrich