Knicks' Danilo Gallinari: Fantasy Basketball Impact

Artem AltmanContributor IIIJanuary 5, 2011

Gallo's pain, another Knicks' gain.
Gallo's pain, another Knicks' gain.Al Bello/Getty Images

It looked as if the New York Knicks have found a steady rotation in Amar’e Stoudemire, Raymond Felton, Landry Field, Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari.

It looked as if this would be the year when the Knicks would resurrect the once proud franchise. It looked that way until Brandon Rush, Indiana Pacers guard, fell onto Gallo’s knee.

I don’t mean to get ahead of myself, I’m sure the Knicks weren’t thinking that after they wrapped up the win against the Pacers, but thoughts of gloom must have crept in as the Knicks learned that Gallo would be about 2-3 weeks.

If yesterday’s rout of the league leading San Antonio Spurs is any indicated, then it looks as if, for now, the Knicks will be alright without their outside marksman.

But for how long?

Ronny Turiaf has been inserted into the starting lineup in Gallo’s absence. But don’t rush to pick up Turiaf off the free agent wire. This season Turiaf is averaging 4.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 1.4 bpg, but don’t expect these numbers to increase dramatically just because Turiaf is starting some games.

Looking back to the San Antonio game, Turiaf started the game but played only 21 minutes and scored just four points (by going 2-2 from the field).

Turiaf’s value is in his defense, but that doesn’t do much for fantasy consideration. That is unless you are very very desperate for rebounds and are willing to put up with his mediocre rebounding numbers.

In Gallo’s absence Toney Douglas and Shawne Williams will get more playing time. In the San Antonio game they played 27 and 21 minutes, respectively.

Also keep in mind that Mike D’Antoni will shuffle his lineups depending on the opponent, which creates a lot of uncertainty about the rest of the Knicks players and their performance on any given night

However, a positive byproduct is that the rest of the starting players could pick up on the production vacated by Gallo, thus temporarily increasing their values.

In this case keep a close eye on how the other Knicks are performing numbers wise and see if you can make a trade happen (Yes, see if you can trade Amar’e Stoudemire) while their value is higher than usual and make things happen before Gallo makes his return.

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