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Lance Thomas | Forward | #42

Team: New York Knicks
Age / DOB:  (28) / 4/24/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 235
College: Duke
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Lance Thomas (sore right hip) will not play against the Blazers on Thursday night.
Thomas played 32 minutes in a start on Wednesday and apparently picked up an injury along the way. With Thomas and Carmelo Anthony (knee) out, the Knicks will likely play more Willy Hernangomez and Kyle O'Quinn next to each other. We should see more Mindaugas Kuzminskas and a little bit of Justin Holiday at the three. Mar 23 - 8:34 PM

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Lance Thomas moved into the Knicks' starting unit on Wednesday, where he posted four points, nine rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes.

The Knicks went smaller tonight vs. the Jazz and they jumped out to an early lead thanks to a 34-point first quarter. Thomas isn't a great fantasy option even if he continues to start -- in 14 previous starts this season, he averaged a modest 9.5 points, 1.2 threes, 4.4 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.1 blocks. There are better options on your waiver wire.
Mar 23 - 1:42 AM

Lance Thomas is starting against the Jazz on Wednesday.

The Knicks will go with their smaller lineup and put Kristaps Porzingis at the five. Thomas only averaged 9.5 points per game as a starter, so he's not really someone fantasy owners should be using.
Mar 22 - 10:20 PM

Lance Thomas scored just two points with one assist and one rebound in 15 minutes off the bench against the Clippers on Monday.

Thomas was back to a reserve role with Kristaps Porzingis (thigh) back in action. As such, Thomas is back to having very minimal fantasy appeal. However, with the Knicks all but eliminated from a spot in the postseason the team could shut down some key members and Thomas might return to a starting role. For now, most fantasy owners can leave him to the waiver wire.
Mar 21 - 1:28 AM

Lance Thomas scored 15 points with 10 rebounds and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes during his start against the Nets on Thursday.

Kristaps Porzingis (thigh) said he is not expected to miss much time beyond Thursday, so there's little reason to react to this line for Thomas in the short term. On the other hand, the Knicks are now 6.5 games out of the No. 8 seed and only have 13 games to play, so maybe guys get shut down to open up minutes for Thomas. Most owners can leave him on the wire.
Mar 16 - 10:32 PM

Lance Thomas moved into the starting lineup on Tuesday vs. the Pacers and scored nine points on 3-of-9 shooting in 33 minutes.

This was simply a matchup move for the Knicks as they needed his defense against Paul George. The low-usage forward added seven rebounds, one assist and three triples, and any prospective owners should be scared away by the fact that the Knicks only play one more time this week.
Mar 14 - 10:16 PM

Lance Thomas will start on Tuesday vs. the Pacers, sending Willy Hernangomez to the bench.

The Pacers are rolling with Thaddeus Young at the four, so the Knicks will match with their own small-ball lineup. Thomas is still a shaky fantasy option, while Hernangomez's owners should still start him.
Mar 14 - 7:44 PM

Lance Thomas came off the bench on Wednesday with Carmelo Anthony (knee) back in action, finishing a road defeat with two points, six rebounds and one assist.

Thomas went 0-of-6 from the field in 24 minutes tonight, as his role predictably shriveled with Melo active. If you picked him up for temporary value, feel free to return him to the wire.
Mar 8 - 11:14 PM

Lance Thomas will head to the Knicks' bench on Wednesday, with Carmelo Anthony (knee) and Willy Hernangomez starting alongside Kristaps Porzingis.

Thomas' role should shrink as a reserve, and he was already off the table as a standard-league option even while starting. With Melo back in action tonight, and Hernangomez starting, there's no reason to rely on Thomas.
Mar 8 - 7:31 PM

Lance Thomas scored 17 points on 5-of-13 shooting in Monday's win over the Magic.

Carmelo Anthony (knee) was out, so that explains the increased shot attempts for Thomas -- he was averaging 5.1 FGAs per game prior to Monday. Thomas played well tonight and added four rebounds, one assist, two steals and three triples, but this comes on the heels of a zero-point game on Sunday vs. the Warriors. He's strictly a deep-league option.
Mar 6 - 9:40 PM

Lance Thomas missed all six of his shot attempts during Sunday's loss to the Warriors, producing just seven boards, two assists and nothing else through 27 scoreless minutes.

Thomas had a season-high 21 points his last time out, so of course, he had to follow that up with this stinker. Thomas is consistently inconsistent, and his minutes will likely start trending towards the lower-20s with Willy Hernangomez (ankle) getting back on the court today. He belongs on the waiver wire in most leagues.
Mar 5 - 7:23 PM

Lance Thomas will remain in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against Golden State.

Willy Hernangomez (ankle) will come off the bench in his return from a two-game absence, so while Thomas will get the start today, his minutes could dip back to the 20s with Hernangomez active. Thomas is not a strong play in most leagues with a tough matchup against the Warriors.
Mar 5 - 3:23 PM

Lance Thomas scored a season-high 21 points with seven rebounds, two steals and three 3-pointers in 42 minutes against the 76ers on Friday.

With the Knicks talking about getting a longer look at Kristaps Porzingis at the five, it's not too farfetched to thing Thomas sticks in the first unit. However, this game is a total fluke. In his previous starts this year, he averaged just 7.9 points, 3.0 boards, 1.0 assists and 0.8 treys. Plus, most of those are because KP or Carmelo Anthony missed time. Thomas is only worth a look in deep leagues.
Mar 3 - 10:57 PM

Lance Thomas was in the starting lineup again on Wednesday, where he posted 11 points, five boards, two steals and one assist in 31 minutes of action.

Thomas started the past few games in place of Kristaps Porzingis, but tonight he got the nod in a frontcourt that included both KP and Carmelo Anthony. Even as a starter he isn't an appealing fantasy asset, and things get worse for Thomas as a reserve, with averages of 4.5 points on 41.1 percent shooting, 2.1 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.1 blocks. He's likely headed to the bench once Willy Hernangomez (ankle) gets back.
Mar 1 - 10:10 PM

Lance Thomas got the start against the 76ers on Saturday, scoring 11 points with six rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

Coach Jeff Hornacek seems to like him for his defense, but Thomas made some mistakes on that end. Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) is not expected to be out for too long, so Thomas only has value in deeper leagues.
Feb 25 - 10:59 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Derrick Rose
2Ron Baker
3Chasson Randle
4Sasha Vujacic
SG1Courtney Lee
2Justin Holiday
SF1Carmelo Anthony
2Lance Thomas
PF1Kristaps Porzingis
2Mindaugas Kuzminskas
3Maurice Ndour
C1Joakim Noah
2Willy Hernangomez
3Kyle O'Quinn
4Marshall Plumlee