Landry Fields went from the least-known player in the NBA Draft to the best rookie in the East in four months. The 6-7 guard from Stanford, who was selected in the second round by the Knicks (39th overall), was named the NBA's Rookie of the Month for the Eastern Conference on Wednesday. He joined Clippers power forward Blake Griffin, who earned the honors in the West. The "month" included the last week of October.
Fields, who started all 19 games, averaged 10.8 points (fourth among rookies) and 7.1 rebounds (second) and 1.6 assists (eighth) while shooting 54.4 percent from the field (second). Some of his best games included the 21-point, 17-rebound effort in the 120-118 loss at Denver, 14 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks and a steal in the 110-107 win over Charlotte and 16 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals in 125-116 2OT win over the Detroit.
Fields was selected over nominees such as John Wall (Wizards), Evan Turner (76ers) and Derrick Favors (Nets).
This is the first time a Knicks rookie has earned Rookie of the Month honors since Channing Frye was the East winner in Nov. 2005. He is also only the fourth Knick overall to earn the award, with previous winners including Mark Jackson (three-time winner) and Patrick Ewing (two-time winner). Both Jackson and Ewing were named Rookie of the Year at the end of the season. Frye was named to the All-Rookie team.