Player News - Knicks

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Following Wednesday's 104-80 loss to the Bulls, Knicks president Phil Jackson said the team isn't ready for showtime just yet.

Wednesday's loss was about as bad as Knicks fans could have envisioned the start to the Phil Jackson-Derek Fisher era and Jackson wasn't sugar-coating it. "Not ready for showtime, were we guys?" Jackson said to reporters. "I can’t tell how long it’s going to take."
Oct 30 - 10:25 AM

J.R. Smith came off the Knicks' bench on Wednesday, scoring six points on 2-of-8 shooting with one rebound and three assists.

Smith also posted a +/- rating of -22 in just 22 minutes. The former Sixth-Man of the Year has admitted that he feels lost in the Knicks' new triangle offense and that was evident tonight, but in fairness he was limited by back spasms throughout the preseason. With increased competition at SG this year, there's no reason to touch J.R. unless you're in dire need of scoring and 3-pointers.
Oct 30 - 1:49 AM

Shane Larkin made a surprise start at PG on Wednesday with Jose Calderon (calf) ruled out at the last minute, and he finished with six points, three assists and one steal in 26 minutes.

Knicks coach Derek Fisher is apparently more comfortable keeping veteran PG Pablo Prigioni in a limited bench role, as Prigioni finished with four points, three dimes and three assists in just 17 minutes. Larkin is worth scooping up in deep leagues, given Calderon's injury history, but he's a negligible option in standard formats.
Oct 30 - 1:41 AM

Making an unexpected start at PF on Wednesday, Amare Stoudemire scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 24 minutes of action.

He added one steal and one block and looked fine while on the court. It's fair to ask whether his chronically-damaged knees can withstand the workload of an NBA starting PF, but New York needs his scoring ability in the first unit and he could hold the job even when Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) returns to action. Stoudemire won't average more than 25-30 minutes regardless of where he begins the game, however, and his injury risk reduces him to a last-gasp option in standard fantasy leagues.
Oct 30 - 1:41 AM

Carmelo Anthony was blanketed by the Bulls on Wednesday, finishing his season debut with a mere 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting, one 3-pointer, four rebounds, three assists and one steal.

He played under 30 minutes because Chicago quickly took control of their game thanks in large part to their elite defense. "Their game plan was for me not to see daylight," Melo said after the game. The Knicks' triangle offense is a work in progress, to say the least, and Anthony made his living in isolation plays last year, but fantasy owners should remain patient during the Knicks' early-season growing pains.
Oct 30 - 1:39 AM

Iman Shumpert scored five points on 2-of-9 shooting vs. the Bulls on Wednesday, hitting one 3-pointer with three rebounds and three steals in just 20 minutes of action.

This pretty much sums up Shumpert's fantasy appeal, as he's only worth owning if you want 3s and steals. Tim Hardaway Jr. played 18 minutes tonight, and J.R. Smith played 22 minutes, which adds even more risk to Shumpert's near-term outlook.
Oct 30 - 1:38 AM

Samuel Dalembert made his Knicks' debut on Wednesday with six points, four rebounds, two assists, three blocks and one turnover in 20 minutes.

Dalembert has minimal upside in New York but he's capable of top-120 value in just 20-25 minutes per game. It's hard to imagine him losing the starting C job to Jason Smith, Amare Stoudemire, Andrea Bargnani or Cole Aldrich, so owners in need of rebounds, blocks and FG percentage shouldn't be afraid to pluck him off the waiver wire.
Oct 30 - 1:32 AM

Shane Larkin is starting against the Bulls on Wednesday.

The Knicks didn't exercise their team option on him, but now he's their opening-night starting point guard. He probably won't be too involved in the offense, so fantasy owners shouldn't stream him considering there are 12 games tonight.
Oct 29 - 7:06 PM

Jose Calderon (calf) will not play on Wednesday.

Wow. The team just said he was good to go, so something must have just happened in warmups. Calderon will likely be ready for the second half of a back-to-back set and we'll be on the lookout for updates. Shane Larkin will start.
Oct 29 - 7:03 PM

Coach Derek Fisher said his lineup could change on Thursday depending on how his starting five plays on Wednesday.

Isn't that what the preseason is for? Anyway, the Knicks are going to have some messy rotations while Fisher figures out what to do. Besides Carmelo Anthony and Jose Calderon, there will be a lot of risk involved with the other guys.
Oct 29 - 6:27 PM

Iman Shumpert will start at SG vs. the Bulls on Wednesday, as expected.

Shumpert's defense seems to have given him the edge over Tim Hardaway Jr. and J.R. Smith, the latter of whom has been plagued by back spasms since training camp. Shump chips in enough 3-pointers and steals to be worth a look, but most fantasy owners can do better on the waiver wire.
Oct 29 - 6:24 PM

Jose Calderon (calf) will play against the Bulls on Wednesday.

He's been expected to play since earlier this week, but he might not be at 100 percent. Calderon isn't going to be the focal point of the offense and he'll be more of a shooting guard with many catch-and-shoot treys in the triangle offense. He'll have very solid fantasy value.
Oct 29 - 6:24 PM

Jason Smith will come off the bench for the Knicks in Wednesday's season opener, with Amare Stoudemire and Samuel Dalembert starting in the frontcourt.

It's an open question whether Stoudemire's knees will hold up with a starter's minutes, so Smith should still see plenty of work as a backup PF/C, especially with Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) on the shelf. He's a nice real-world addition for New York, but his upside is too limited for use in most fantasy leagues.
Oct 29 - 6:22 PM

Amare Stoudemire will start at power forward on Wednesday against the Bulls.

Not many saw this coming and Stoudemire did not make a single start in the preseason. He is not expected to have his minutes limited, but if he gets over 27 on a consistent basis the team will be playing with fire. Fantasy owners can put him in their lineups while he's active, but he's not a must-own player due to his injury risk.
Oct 29 - 6:19 PM

The Knicks have picked up their third-year option on Tim Hardaway Jr.

This comes as no surprise as Hardaway Jr. has really done nothing but impress through Summer League, training camp, and preseason. However, Hardaway is more of a deep league play as currently his only strengths are scoring and hitting 3s. He's also currently behind J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert on the depth chart, but that could change if Smith continues to struggle with the triangle offense.
Oct 28 - 5:55 PM

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