‘From Nothing To Something’ is my new series which looks in to the success stories of College players who didn’t make the cut in the NBA draft. They did it the hard way, the undrafted way, and are now successful NBA players, despite the odds being stacked against them.
The first story I will be looking in to is that of Langston Galloway. In 2014, he entered the NBA draft and his name was never called. Three years on, and he has recently signed a 3 year, $21 million deal with the Detroit Pistons.
Langston Galloway grew up in Louisiana, and played basketball Christian Life Academy in Baton Rouge. He attended college at St Josephs University. Across four seasons with the Hawks, he was the second all-time leading scorer and averaged 17 points a game in his senior season.
After going undrafted in 2014, Galloway was acquired to the New York Knicks summer league team. He impressed and was signed on September 9th in preparation for pre-season camp. After camp he was waived, and was picked up by the Knicks’ affiliate team, Westchester.
He was then signed to a 10-day contract by New York in January and he impressed on the NBA stage. In just his second game in the league, Galloway dropped 19 points against the Houston Rockets. He was then signed to a contract for the remainder of the season, and finished the year averaging 12 points per game, the third highest among rookies that season. He also made the NBA All-Rookie second team.
Galloway returned to the Knicks in the 2015-2016 season, and became a regular feature of the teams second unit. His season high was 21 points against Oklahoma City in January 2016.
After two seasons in the league, Galloway had proven himself to be a consistent scorer, one of the leagues best three point shooters, and a player that could be useful on any NBA roster.
The 2016 free agency proved to be a big one for Galloway, as he was signed by the New Orleans Pelicans on a one year deal. He was heading home. He became one of the most integral scorers on the Pelicans roster, leading the second unit and providing scoring help for Anthony Davis.
Galloway played through the rest of the season with the Kings and finished the season averaging 8 points per game off the bench.
Free agency came round once again for Langston, and this time, at long last, some stability dawned upon him, as Stan Van Gundy and the Detroit Pistons signed him to a three year, $21 million deal. He will undoubtedly be leading the second unit for the Pistons, as they will be requiring some scoring from their back court. He will likely be teamed up with Pistons rookie Luke Kennard which could make for an exciting back court duo.
Langston Galloway was overlooked by NBA teams back in 2014. He had to prove himself, the Knicks took a chance on him, and it turned out to be a very good decision.
Now aged 25, Galloway has averaged 9 points and 2 assists per game since entering the NBA scene, and now has signed a long term contract in the league. He proved everybody wrong and proved himself in the league. Credit to him.
You can continue to follow Langston’s story by following him on the various social media platforms:
Instagram: @langgalloway10 @lgkicks9