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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 (left orbital fracture) will not play on Monday vs. the Hawks.
Thomas has cleared the concussion protocol, but he will have to get fitted for a mask to protect his orbital fracture and he's considered to be out indefinitely. Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) is a game-time call and will slide back into the starting lineup if he's cleared, but Mindaugas Kuzminskas is looking at a larger role off the bench in the short term and is worth keeping an eye on in deeper formats. Jan 16 - 11:25 AM

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Lance Thomas has been diagnosed with a left orbital fracture and concussion-like symptoms, and he's doubtful to play on Monday.

The fractured bone is near Thomas' left cheek, and with concussion symptoms it would be shocking to see him in uniform for Monday's game. Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Justin Holiday should pick up minutes in Thomas' probable absence, and Holiday looked very good on Sunday with 17 points, three 3-pointers and three boards off the bench.
Jan 15 - 6:05 PM

Lance Thomas (head) will not return to Sunday's game against the Raptors.

With both Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) and Thomas on the sidelines, Mindaugas Kuzminskas is going to see some increased opportunity while Carmelo Anthony will likely be forced into heavy minutes as he and Derrick Rose take turns dominating the offense. For now, we'll consider Thomas questionable for Monday's matchup with the Hawks.

Lance Thomas took an elbow to the face via Jonas Valanciunas on Sunday, and he is questionable to return.

Thomas needed to be helped off the floor, and there's a chance he may have suffered a concussion. We should have more info soon, but if he's unable to get back out there tonight, Mindaugas Kuzminskas will see a healthy heaping of minutes. Stay tuned.
Jan 15 - 3:23 PM

Lance Thomas hit 2-of-9 shots for four points with two rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes on Thursday against the Bulls.

Thomas got the start for the injured Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles), but was inefficient and outplayed but Mindaugas Kuzminskas. If Porzingis remains sidelined, Thomas will continue to play significant minutes, but can be left on the waivers in standard leagues.
Jan 12 - 11:06 PM

Lance Thomas will start on Thursday night for Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles).

He should be looking at heavy minutes with Mindaugas Kuzminskas backing him up. KP shouldn't be out for long, so Thomas is only worth a look in deeper leagues.
Jan 12 - 8:15 PM

Lance Thomas returned to the bench and scored 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting with two rebounds, two triples and a steal in 20 minutes vs. the Bucks on Friday.

This was one of his best games of the season, but this line is basically his ceiling while Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) is healthy. Leave Thomas on the wire.
Jan 6 - 11:42 PM

Lance Thomas scored seven points in a start for Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) against the Bucks on Wednesday, adding four rebounds, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

That's a massive increase from his 20 minutes on Monday. It makes sense because the Magic went with big lineups on Monday and the Bucks have a more athletic four in Jabari Parker. Even with all that playing time tonight, Thomas still wasn't able to do too much. He's not a very attractive add unless you're in a deep league and want KP insurance.
Jan 4 - 10:42 PM

Lance Thomas will make another start for Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) against the Bucks on Wednesday.

He only played for 20 minutes against the Magic on Monday because the Magic run a lot of two-big lineups and coach Jeff Hornacek matched up with the same. Thomas should be closer to 26-28 minutes tonight, so he could have some desperation value tonight.
Jan 4 - 5:56 PM

Lance Thomas scored 11 points with one rebound, one assists and one 3-pointer on Saturday against the Rockets.

Thomas drew the start for the injured Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles), but was a non-factor despites the heavy minutes. With Carmelo Anthony (knee) also hurting, Thomas may be in for some extra court time in the foreseeable future. It is a situation worth monitoring for fantasy owners in deeper leagues.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 11:11:00 PM

Lance Thomas will start for Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) on Saturday to face the Rockets.

KP's injury doesn't sound too serious and the team is only calling it soreness. For now, this only looks like a spot start for Thomas, but he should get a lot of run tonight in a good matchup. They will really need him to cover the 3-point line very well. Thomas is only a speculative add in deep leagues for now.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 07:53:00 PM

Lance Thomas started the third quarter against the Hawks on Wednesday.

This is because Carmelo Anthony was ejected, so it's not a surprising development. There is a chance that Melo does get a suspension, so it's possible Thomas has some short-term value.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 08:59:00 PM

Lance Thomas started in place of Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) on Thursday, but hit just 2-of-9 shots in 24 minutes for five points, one rebound, one block and nothing else.

Melo is hoping to play on Saturday against the Nuggets, so Thomas' run in the starting lineup could be coming to an abrupt halt.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 01:15:00 AM

Lance Thomas and Brandon Jennings are starting for the Knicks on Thursday night.

Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) and Derrick Rose (back) are out tonight, so Thomas and Jennings will join Courtney Lee, Kristaps Porzingis and Joakim Noah in the starting five for the Knicks. If you took a flier and started Thomas and/or Jennings tonight, this is the news you have been looking for.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 09:54:00 PM

Lance Thomas says his ankle is now fully healthy, but he's still feeling the effects of plantar fasciitis.

Lance Thomas returned to the court on Friday after missing nearly three weeks with an ankle injury. He says his ankle feels fine, but that plantar fasciitis is still an issue. Thomas explained there are two stages of discomfort from the fasciitis: soreness and acute pain. He says the acute pain is not present at the moment but the soreness comes and goes, which is OK. "I can play through soreness," he said. Thomas will have a tough time earning his minutes back from Mindaugas Kuzminskas, who has played very well recently backing up both forward spots.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 12:20:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Derrick Rose
2Brandon Jennings
3Ron Baker
4Sasha Vujacic
SG1Courtney Lee
2Justin Holiday
SF1Carmelo Anthony
2Lance Thomas
3Mindaugas Kuzminskas
PF1Kristaps Porzingis
2Maurice Ndour
C1Joakim Noah
2Kyle O'Quinn
3Guillermo Hernangomez