Knicks rookie Landry Fields will not be Rookie of the Year. With the Clippers' Blake Griffin terrorizing the league in his delayed rookie season, Fields's dynamic combination of savvy fundamentals and acrobatic excellence will likely earn him no better than runner-up. It's okay, though. While Fields (who, let us not forget, was the 39th pick of the 2010 NBA Draft) isn't the best rookie, he is undoubtedly the Landriest. The rookie's name, like his game, has taken on a life of its own.
1. June 27, 1988: Landry Fields is born, marking the single Landriest moment in human history. Legend has it the sun rose over Long Beach, California at precisely the moment Landry strode (and believe me, he strode) out of his mother's womb. The sun did not set until young Landry learned to speak, because it didn't want to miss his first words. Luckily, that happened about 8 hours after he was born.
2. November 9, 2010 and December 8, 2010: Fields shows us early in the season that he is an excellent offensive rebounder and an athletic dunker. Sometimes, he does it all in one fell swoop. Dig the long run-up below, and also this chin-up putback against the Raptors.
3. November 16, 2010: In a breakout performance, Landry almost single-handedly wills the sliding Knicks to a victory over the Denver Nuggets. His 21-point, 17-rebound performance on 10-of-15 shooting includes plenty of hustle plays and putbacks, some instances of a mid-range jumper we didn't even know he had, and even some stout defense against Carmelo Anthony. Even after a loss, Knick fans are bubbly over their second round gem.
4. Christmas, 2010: Fields has a gift for the Bulls in New York's Christmas Day victory. I'd recommend boxing this guy out, but it probably wouldn't even help.
5. February, 2011: Fields goes undercover at Modell's and sells his own jersey. Landry's brilliant performance as "Leeroy Jenkins" changes the merchandise game forever.
And there you have it. If you haven't been following the every move of this electric Knicks rookie, consider this a lesson and a notice. There are plenty of even Landrier moments to come, and you won't want to miss them.