Player: Landry Fields
Team: New York Knicks
Landry Fields, for most of the 2010-11 season, was a revelation. Athletic, smart, hard-nosed, the man did all the little things on the court for the Knicks. His shooting touch helped spread the floor and open up space for Amar’e. His surprising rebounding ability helped out the team’s undersized front line. He played solid defense, on a team with few guys who did.
But, throughout the second half of the season – especially in the playoffs – he fell off. He rarely looked in sync on the floor. His shot deserted him. He seemed exhausted. As a Knick fan, man, it was heartbreaking. Hopefully, in the 2011 season, Landry Fields can take a step forward, and become one of the impact players the Knicks need to become a force in the East. — Ben Lampin