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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 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

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Updating a previous item, Lance Thomas will start and not Kyle O'Quinn against the 76ers on Saturday.

This makes a lot more sense than the previous report. Thomas started the second half on Thursday and played 31 minutes, so he should get plenty of run. He's till only a deep-league stream with Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) having a chance to play Monday.
Feb 25 - 7:44 PM

Lance Thomas started the third quarter for Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) on Thursday, finishing with nine points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer against the Cavs.

Porzingis was in a walking boot after the game, so it's certainly possible he misses time. If so, Thomas would likely be thrust into the starting lineup for the seventh time this season. In his previous six starts, he averaged 6.2 points, 1.7 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.7 treys. He would only be a speculative add in deeper leagues.
Feb 23 - 11:45 PM

Lance Thomas (orbital fracture) returned to action on Sunday, posting two points and two rebounds with five personal fouls in 17 minutes.

Thomas missed 14 straight games and it will take him some time to scrape off the rust. Before the game, coach Jeff Hornacek suggested that Thomas could fit well at power forward alongside Kristaps Porzingis at center, so that's something to watch for. The majority of owners can ignore Thomas in season-long leagues.
Feb 12 - 7:04 PM

Lance Thomas (face) said that he's not experiencing anymore headaches related to his orbital fracture.

Thomas has been out since Jan. 15 and has missed 14 games in a row, but he will make his return on Sunday vs. the Spurs. "Intensity, defensive leadership, being very vocal, especially in transition, the half court, pick and roll coverages and just getting into the other team’s best player," Thomas said of what he's going to bring to the table. "I think that’s something we haven’t been doing in my absence. I’m very anxious to start bringing that back." Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek blasted his team's defense in their last game, so Thomas will likely be inserted into the rotation. He's not a fantasy pickup, though.
Feb 12 - 9:49 AM

Lance Thomas (face) will return on Sunday against the Spurs.

He's been out since Jan. 15 due to an orbital fracture to his face. The Knicks have used more Carmelo Anthony at the four to open up some extra minutes for the guards, so that may change if Thomas is in the mix. Thomas isn't a pickup, but guys like Justin Holiday, Courtney Lee and Brandon Jennings could take a hit. Lee is still a hold in standard leagues.
Feb 11 - 3:23 PM

Lance Thomas (face) will not play Friday vs. the Nuggets.

Thomas has not played in nearly a month but is inching his way back towards a return, as he said earlier this week that his headaches are subsiding. Thomas will eat into Mindaugas Kuzminskas minutes and may allow the Knicks to reduce Carmelo Anthony's playing time a bit.
Feb 10 - 5:51 PM

Lance Thomas (face) said he is aiming to return the Knicks lineup on Friday vs. Denver.

Thomas has not played since suffering a concussion on January 15th. However, he told reporters that his headaches are subsiding and that he is ramping up his workouts. When he does return, Thomas will use a mask to protect his fractured orbital bone. Thomas was averaging 22.4 minutes per game in the last 10 games he appeared in prior to the injury but was averaging just 5.9 points and 2.2 rebounds. He can be left on waiver wires.
Feb 7 - 10:46 AM

Lance Thomas (face) will not play Monday vs. the Lakers or Wednesday vs. the Clippers.

He's been out since Jan. 15 and has no business being owned anywhere. He did say that he could return to action Friday vs. the Nuggets, but that really doesn't mean anything in fantasy hoops.
Feb 6 - 6:12 PM

Lance Thomas (orbital fracture) is still experiencing headaches according to coach Jeff Hornacek.

"He saw the doctor, the eye doctor, this morning and everything was fine there but he’s still having headaches so we’re trying to figure out why," Hornacek said on Wednesday. "So he’ll see somebody else and hopefully find an answer and get rid of those and he’ll be ready." A previous report indicated that he could return as soon as next week, but that's not a lock at this point. Thomas is not a fantasy asset and may not be in the rotation when he returns with Mindaugas Kuzminskas likely ahead of him on the depth chart.
Feb 2 - 9:34 AM

Lance Thomas (face) is still a week away from returning.

He will have a mask upon his return for an orbital fracture. Mindaugas Kuzminskas has played well since Thomas went down, so Thomas may not get much playing time upon his return.
Jan 27 - 5:59 PM

Lance Thomas (orbital fracture) will miss at least the next week of action.

"He’s getting used to the mask. I think that takes a little adjusting to," Jeff Hornacek said. "About a week maybe." Mindaugas Kuzminskas is going to pick up most of Thomas' minutes while he's on the sidelines but with Kristaps Porzingis back on the court, Kuzminskas won't get enough run to matter in most formats.
Jan 23 - 2:35 PM

Lance Thomas (orbital fracture) will not play on Monday vs. the Pacers.

Thomas has rejoined the Knicks, but he needs a few more days of practice before he's ready to return. Thomas is also experiencing headaches, so the Knicks will bring him along slowly. Mindaugas Kuzminskas will continue to pick up Thomas' minutes and has probably leapfrogged him in the rotation anyways.
Jan 23 - 11:35 AM

Lance Thomas (left orbital fracture) will not suit up for Wednesday's game against the Celtics.

Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) and Joakim Noah (ankle) will also be on the sidelines Wednesday night, so Mindaugas Kuzminskas will be looking at another start, with Kyle O'Quinn and Willy Hernangomez splitting minutes at the five. Kuzminskas put up 14 points, five boards, one trey, two dimes and two steals his last time out, so he's someone to consider throwing out there as a low-budget DFS target. Thomas isn't worth owning anywhere.

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

Depth Charts

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