Player News - Knicks

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Quincy Acy did not play on Wednesday due to a sore right wrist.

He started the previous four games and coach Derek Fisher said before the game he wasn't starting because he wanted to experiment with Jason Smith. Acy is the favorite to start, but it doesn't necessarily mean he'll be posting value worth using in 14-team leagues.
Oct 22 - 11:40 PM

Amare Stoudemire played 21 minutes against the Wizards on Wednesday with 13 points, eight rebounds, one assist and five turnovers.

He is not going to have a minutes restriction, but will likely rest in some back-to-back sets. Fantasy owners probably shouldn't bother and find other late-round targets.
Oct 22 - 10:38 PM

Shane Larkin started at point guard against the Wizards on Wednesday, posting a line of five points, four boards, four assists and two turnovers in 24 minutes.

John Wall made him look pretty bad and Larkin's lack of size was a factor tonight. Still, coach Derek Fisher likes his speed and ability to penetrate, so he should be in the rotation. Unless Jose Calderon (calf) misses time, Larkin won't be worth owning in most leagues.
Oct 22 - 10:31 PM

Carmelo Anthony hit the game-winning jumper and got the foul in Wednesday's 103-100 win over the Wizards, scoring 30 points with three rebounds, three assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

He made 11-of-19 from the field and all six shots from the field. Only two of his shots came from within 13 feet and the mid-rangers were dropping. Anthony's shot totals were down, but he's attempted 20.5 per game in his last two. Even if his style does change, he still should fill up the stat sheet enough to warrant a selection at the end of the first round.
Oct 22 - 10:26 PM

When asked if he was running, Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) wouldn't give a clear answer on Wednesday.

He said he and his doctors are working on it, so that's basically a no. What's more, he doesn't sound happy and for all we know he might not even be in the rotation. Bargnani is not worth drafting in almost any league.
Oct 22 - 7:29 PM

Jason Smith will start at power forward against the Wizards on Wednesday.

It's just an experiment after Quincy Acy started the previous four games. Smith should still get some minutes at center in the rotation, but he's not a fantasy option in most leagues.
Oct 22 - 5:55 PM

Jose Calderon (right calf) will not play against the Wizards on Wednesday.

Coach Derek Fisher said he hopes to have Calderon out there on Friday and his calf strain is not considered serious. He's dealt with a slew of muscle pulls in his leg, so this injury shouldn't be completely dismissed. Still, he's a low-end No. 2 fantasy point guard. Shane Larkin will start and look to make an impact tonight.
Oct 22 - 5:52 PM

Phil Jackson described Cole Aldrich as the Knicks' "emergency center."

"[Aldrich] will probably get significant time only if somebody gets hurt or our other bigs suffer a plague of foul trouble," said Jackson. All fantasy owners need to know is that Samuel Dalembert, Amare Stoudemire, Jason Smith and possibly even Andrea Bargnani are ahead of Aldrich on the depth chart.
Oct 22 - 1:07 PM

Samuel Dalembert is likely to play around 26 minutes per game this season, according to Phil Jackson, largely because of his tendency to rack up fouls.

Sammy has averaged 4.3 fouls per 36 minutes in his career, so that particular argument for limited minutes may be slightly overblown. In any case, he's the favorite to start at center and Jackson said the Knicks want him Dalembert to be "a 10-and-10 guy." If you throw a block or two into the mix, it's reasonable to think he'll flirt with late-round value this year.
Oct 22 - 1:04 PM

Knicks president Phil Jackson expects Andrea Bargnani to do well in the triangle offense, but he criticized his poor defense and predictable drives toward the hoop.

"Because he only approaches the rim in straight lines, he needs to develop some kind of change-of-direction move with the ball," Jackson said. "Also, he's a finger-roller, not a dunker. Could he have small hands? Or does he just need to be more aggressive?" His defensive weaknesses go without saying, and the fact that he's missed the preseason with hamstring issues gives fantasy owners another reason to avoid him.
Oct 22 - 12:58 PM

Iman Shumpert is one of Phil Jackson's "favorites" on the Knicks' roster, and Jackson called him "simply our best on-ball defender" against SGs and bigger PGs.

Jackson criticized Shumpert's "very inconsistent" shooting mechanics, but he's confident that Shump will bounce back offensively after averaging just 6.7 points on 37.8 percent shooting last season. The starting SG job is Shumpert's to lose and his ability to chip in consistent 3-pointers and steals makes him a late-round option in deeper leagues.
Oct 22 - 12:48 PM

Andrea Bargnani's status for Wednesday's regular season opener is unclear due to his hamstring injury.

The No.1 overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft has missed over two weeks with his hamstring injury and is now in danger of missing regular season games. The Knicks' frontcourt depth is thin enough that Bargnani could provide some deep league fantasy value when (if?) healthy, but owners in standard leagues would do best to look elsewhere for now.
Oct 21 - 1:59 PM

J.R. Smith (back) experienced back spasms during Tuesday's practice and may miss Wednesday's exhibition game against the Wizards.

Smith was sidelined by back spasms during last week's exhibition game against the 76ers, so this isn't a new injury. While the back spasms are a concern with the regular season a week away, Smith's role on the Knicks is the more worrisome issue. While the 29-year-old can still be a solid source of three-pointers in a bench role, the presence of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert will keep Smith from being more than a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues.
Oct 21 - 1:49 PM

Jose Calderon (calf) said his injury is nothing to worry about and that he hopes to play in Wednesday's exhibition game against the Wizards.

Calderon left Monday's exhibition against the Bucks with a strained calf, but this doesn't sound like anything fantasy owners should be worried about. While the 33-year-old isn't the most exciting fantasy option, he's a solid late-round selection considering starting point guards don't grow on trees.
Oct 21 - 1:15 PM

Amare Stoudemire said he has rediscovered his love of basketball.

Stoudemire has dealt with injuries for the better part of three seasons, but the 32-year-old feels like he's turned a corner. "My joy is there. My love of the game is there," said Stoudemire. "I feel like I’m 19 again as far as how much I love to play the game of basketball. I feel youthful. To have that type of feeling again as I had my rookie year, to want to play and just want to be out there and get better as a player is pretty encouraging." STAT should have a better season than the 11.9 points and 4.9 rebounds that he averaged in 2013-14, but his fantasy value is still limited to deeper leagues at the moment.
Oct 21 - 10:15 AM


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