Player News - Knicks

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Enes Kanter said he wants to remain with the Knicks next season.

"This is the place I want to be," Kanter said. "I’ve said it from the beginning because I know the organization." Kanter has a player option for $18.6 million next season, but it's still unclear what he's planning to do with it. "I’m not saying I’m opting in or opting out," Kanter said. "I’m going to focus on this season, finish this season." Kanter has been very productive with the Knicks and it's best for his fantasy value if he stays in New York.
Source: Newsday
Feb 25 - 11:59 AM

Troy Williams scored 14 points in just 12 minutes on Saturday vs. Boston, hitting 6-of-9 shots with four rebounds and one steal.

He had four points in six minutes during his debut and is fitting in nicely with the Knicks. "It’s me trying to fit into the system,’’ Williams said. "They’ve been doing this for the season. I’m not trying to change nothing. I’m trying to fit into the program. It’s coming naturally." The Knicks wanted to get more athletic and Williams can certainly bring that to the table. With the Knicks in rebuilding mode, we could see a lot more of Williams if he continues to play well.
Feb 25 - 9:54 AM

Trey Burke went off yet again during a 121-112 loss to the Celtics on Saturday, matching a season-high 26 points with eight assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

He just scored 26 points on Thursday and is suddenly one of the hottest bench players in the NBA. Burke's shot selection has still been all over the place and this hot stretch is based on him making jumpers, which is a usually a strong indicator that it's not sustainable. That aside, it's kind of hard to argue back-to-back 26-point games on a team lacking offensive punch, so Burke is worth an add in 12-team leagues to see if he keeps it going. Although, his prospective owners shouldn't have high expectations.
Feb 24 - 10:29 PM

Emmanuel Mudiay scored 13 points with four rebounds, six assists, one steal and four turnovers against the Celtics on Saturday.

He made 4-of-12 from the field and 5-of-8 from the line, so this was basically your quintessential Mudiay line. He'll fill up the counting stats and his usage rate should be high, but his nine-cat value won't be great because of the hit on percentages and turnovers. If you don't care about that, he may have some value for you.
Feb 24 - 10:24 PM

Courtney Lee scored two points with one rebound, one assist and one steal in 16 minutes against the Celtics on Saturday.

He's losing some serious minutes right now, so it's probably time to be concerned as a fantasy owner. Lee usually only needs around 25-27 minutes to post decent value, but playing just 15.0 per game in the last two since the break really stings. He's not an absolute drop, but it's certainly an option for a hot add.
Feb 24 - 10:21 PM

The Knicks announced that Luke Kornet will play for their G-League affiliate Saturday afternoon.

Kornet posted a double-double (11 points and ten rebounds) in his NBA debut back on February 8th. However, he's gone scoreless in his three games since - missing all 10 of his field goal attempts. Kornet will not be available for Saturday night's game vs. the Celtics. He should be left on waivers.
Feb 24 - 11:30 AM

Emmanuel Mudiay moved into the Knicks' starting lineup on Thursday, posting eight points on 4-of-9 shooting, five rebounds, four assists, two turnovers and one steal in 23 minutes.

New York is predictably emphasizing youth as they drift toward the end of the regular season with a 23-36 record. He's worth grabbing if you need a cheap PG, especially in points leagues, but be mindful of his limitations in category-based formats -- he has career averages of 37.4% FGs and 73.3% FTs, with 2.5 turnovers and 4.3 assists, and he's a combined 0-of-10 from deep in four games with the Knicks.
Feb 22 - 10:04 PM

Jarrett Jack was a healthy DNP-CD during Thursday's game in Orlando.

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said repeatedly that he planned to use his young guards more after the All-Star break. Jack is 34 years old on a team headed for the draft lottery, so this shouldn't have taken any fantasy owners by surprise. Send him to the waiver wire, if he's not there already.
Feb 22 - 10:04 PM

Trey Burke scored a season-high 26 points on Thursday, knocking down 12-of-22 shots with two 3-pointers, six assists, four rebounds, one steal, one block and one turnover in 30 minutes.

It looks like Jarrett Jack might be out of the rotation for good, which leaves Burke, Emmanuel Mudiay, Frank Ntilikina and Courtney Lee to handle the backcourt. Mudiay played 23 minutes as a starter tonight, while Ntilikina logged 30 minutes, and the most encouraging sign is that New York went with a lot of two-PG lineups. This will likely be the high-water mark for his fantasy value all season, and we're not overreacting to one big game vs. a poor Magic defense, but deep-league owners can consider him as a speculative add.

Tim Hardaway Jr. sank 9-of-19 shots to score 23 points on Thursday, adding six assists, two rebounds, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

THJ was slumping horribly heading into the break, until he erupted for 37 points on 14-of-24 shooting in the Knicks' previous game on Feb. 14. It looks like he benefited from extra rest over the past eight days, and owners should confidently lock him into active lineups.
Feb 22 - 10:01 PM

Kyle O'Quinn played well in 19 minutes on Thursday with 14 points (6-of-8 FGs, 2-of-3 FTs), eight rebounds, three blocks and one assist.

O'Quinn had great energy in his first game back from the All-Star break, and for now it seems New York will stick with the 27-year-old as the primary backup for Enes Kanter. His case for minutes was also aided by a poor showing from Luke Kornet, who went scoreless on 0-of-5 shooting. Even if he does avoid a shutdown, though, O'Quinn isn't worth owning in most leagues.
Feb 22 - 10:00 PM

Michael Beasley tied his season-high with three blocks on Thursday, adding seven points, four boards, three assists and one steal in 23 minutes of action.

Beasley hasn't been a well-rounded or consistent fantasy option throughout his career, but he's making the most of his opportunity with Kristaps Porzingis (knee) out of action. Over the past five games he's averaging 16.4 points, 0.6 threes, 8.0 boards, 2.4 assists, 1.2 blocks and 0.8 steals. If you need a forward who can score the ball and chip in some boards with a trickle of other stats, you could do worse.
Feb 22 - 9:59 PM

Courtney Lee started on Thursday but played only 14 minutes, going 4-of-8 from the field with a pair of 3-pointers for 10 points.

Lee added two assists, one rebound and one steal without any turnovers, but this wasn't the post-break performance owners wanted to see. Trey Burke caught fire with 26 points off the bench and the Knicks went with a lot of two-PG lineups, which ate into Lee's role. It's not a great spot for him as a veteran on a bad team, but he should still play a bigger role most nights.
Feb 22 - 9:58 PM

Emmanuel Mudiay, Courtney Lee, Tim Hardaway Jr., Michael Beasley and Enes Kanter will start against the Magic on Thursday.

This Knicks will roll out a new starting lineup combo with Mudiay running the point. Beasley also had a minor ear irritation earlier this week, but he did go through practice on Wednesday and should be fine. There are a lot of shots to go around in this offense, but there will be a lot of inefficiency.
Feb 22 - 6:44 PM

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said Frank Ntilikina's knee may have held him back before the break.

"He just looked exhausted sometimes," Hornacek said. "His knee hurt for a while there, and that’s stuff we have to build up. And again, this is going to be a great last 23 games for him because, we’ll see, can he play the 30 minutes without his knees hurting? Part of that is growth." It sounds like he may eventually start next to Emmanuel Mudiay, but it's obvious that the Knicks want to get him more run. He hasn't been playing well on the offensive end, so most fantasy owners can just watch his progress from the wire.
Source: Newsday
Feb 22 - 10:00 AM


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