Player News - Knicks

Date: Team: Pos:

Frank Ntilikina (ankle) did not practice on Sunday.

The Knicks are off until Tuesday's game vs. Boston and the rookie is making progress, but his chances of playing will look a lot better if he returns to practice on Monday. This won't impact fantasy owners too much, as Ntilikina is currently third on the PG depth chart.
Oct 22 - 12:52 PM

Frank Ntilikina (ankle) is hopeful to return for Tuesday's game vs. Boston.

"I don’t know. It’s like the knee," Ntilikina said (he battled a knee issue in training camp). "We’ll try to get it better day by day and try to be back as soon as possible." The Knicks continue to shower praise on the No. 8 overall pick, but he's currently buried on the depth chart and is just a stash in dynasty leagues at the moment. As for his durability, Ntilikina said he played almost every game last season in the French League, so it sounds like he's just having some bad luck staying healthy as a Knick.
Oct 22 - 10:01 AM

Willy Hernangomez was a DNP-CD on Saturday vs. the Pistons.

After playing four minutes of garbage time in the season opener, Saturday's game confirmed that Hernangomez is behind both Kyle O'Quinn and Enes Kanter. The Knicks called Hernangomez one of their four building blocks for their rebuild this summer, so it was tough for fantasy owners to see this coming. Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said Hernangomez's "opportunities will come" and cited his defense as the reason he's buried on the depth chart, so fantasy owners will have to treat him like a stash going forward.
Oct 22 - 9:28 AM

Tim Hardaway Jr. struggled with his shot once again on Saturday, finishing just 4-of-16 from the floor, including 3-of-10 from 3-point territory.

THJ finished with 14 points, one rebound, two assists and two turnovers. He didn't record a steal or block. Late in the fourth quarter, he was actually 1-of-10 from the field and 0-of-7 from downtown, before knocking down his final three 3-point attempts. Despite his cold start to the year, Hardaway is still one of the focal points of the Knicks offense and will put up plenty of points this season.
Oct 21 - 10:59 PM

Ramon Sessions tallied 10 points, seven boards and five assists in 33 minutes during Saturday's loss to Detroit.

With Frank Ntilikina (knee) sidelined, Sessions ceded backup minutes only to Ron Baker, who was largely ineffective. Sessions is arguably the worst starting point guard in the NBA, but he'll continue to log heavy minutes for a Knicks team without a more attractive alternative. As long as Ntilikina is sidelined, Sessions is worth consideration in DFS if you're looking to save money at PG.
Oct 21 - 10:53 PM

Enes Kanter scored 17 points and grabbed 10 boards in 24 minutes in Saturday night's loss to the Pistons.

Kanter was 7-of-10 from the floor and 3-of-3 from the stripe but didn't contribute in any other category, failing to record a single assist, steal or block. The center minutes were split evenly on Saturday, with Kyle O'Quinn also logging 24 minutes, including nearly the entire fourth quarter. Willy Hernangomez was a DNP-CD.
Oct 21 - 10:42 PM

Kristaps Porzingis scored a game-high 33 points in a 111-107 loss to the Pistons on Saturday, adding five rebounds and three 3-pointers.

Porzingis started out the game on fire. He nailed his first seven shots and had 23 points at halftime. However, Detroit focused on shutting down KP in the second half and attempted to frustrate him with physical defense. Porzingis finished the game shooting 11-of-20 from the floor. Porzingis is now averaging 32.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 treys over the first two games of the year. He is also just the second Knick in franchise history to score over 30 points in each of the first two games of a season.
Oct 21 - 10:41 PM

Jarrett Jack is available against the Pistons on Saturday.

He is likely going to be the third point guard, so Jack may not be in the rotation.
Oct 21 - 6:21 PM

Michael Beasley (ankle) is available to play against the Pistons on Saturday.

This is a small surprise after Beasley was in a walking boot on Thursday. If he isn't limited, Beasley should get around 20 minutes and could be busy in that time. He'll be a risky play in DFS or season long.
Oct 21 - 6:20 PM

Frank Ntilikina (ankle) will not play against the Pistons on Saturday.

He rolled his ankle while boxing out in practice on Friday. There were some positive reports on the lottery pick, but the Knicks likely won't be rushing him back and he was only the No. 3 point guard on Thursday. If you're stashing him, it might be a while.
Oct 21 - 6:16 PM

Frank Ntilikina turned his ankle at practice on Friday and needed help off the court.

We don't know the severity of the injury, but this obviously isn't great. Ntilikina was the third point guard in the rotation on Thursday and now he could miss Saturday's game against the Pistons. We'll have an update on him at some point, but it's going to be a while before he's a regular contributor.
Oct 20 - 3:53 PM

Michael Beasley (left ankle) is questionable for Saturday against the Pistons.

He was in a walking boot after stepping on Russell Westbrook's foot on Thursday. In case you missed it last night, Beasley was hopping on one leg due to the sprain, but he was still calling for the basketball on a peak-Beasley play. If he can't play, Doug McDermott, Kyle O'Quinn, Lance Thomas and Courtney Lee figure to play more.
Oct 20 - 3:46 PM

The Knicks have signed F Isaiah Hicks to a two-way contract.

Hicks, who was undrafted out of UNC, went to training camp with the Hornets before being waived. He averaged 11.8 points and 5.5 rebounds in his final collegiate season. Hicks can be ignored in all fantasy formats, as he'll likely spend most of the season in the G-League.
Oct 20 - 10:37 AM

Kristaps Porzingis scored 31 points during a 105-84 loss to the Thunder on Thursday, adding 12 rebounds, one assist, one block and two 3-pointers.

He'll probably have to get used to these bad losses and he was busy with his 11-of-25 shooting line. Porzingis said his goals this year are to make the playoffs, win Defensive Player of the Year, win Most Improved Player and make the All-Star team. He probably has no shot at one of those and it'll be really tough for him to get to three of those goals because the Knicks defense is going to be a mess, but KP could have strong enough numbers to be a monster Unicorn this year.
Oct 20 - 12:12 AM

Courtney Lee scored nine points with two rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday.

Coach Jeff Horacek sounded confident that Lee could hold up as an undersized three. He said he could guard bigger small forwards and that he likes the idea of opposing threes chasing him around off screens. Lee has been fairly efficient, he can make treys and he should be decent in other stats, so he could be a low-demand asset in standard leagues.
Oct 20 - 12:07 AM


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