Player News - Knicks

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Head coach Derek Fisher praised Alexey Shved for his impressive play in recent games.

"Alexey is continuing to find an identity and role within our team and showing us some ability to do some things in terms of handling the ball and making passes and plays,’’ Fisher said. "We have to continue to commit ourselves to helping him feel more and more comfortable every day. We have to rely on him even more because we’re sometimes inconsistent at the guard spots." Shved has averaged 13.0 points, 4.8 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.0 steal and 0.8 3-pointers in just 23 minutes per game over his last four, and due to the inconsistent play of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Langston Galloway, it looks like he is going to have a decent role moving forward. His shooting percentages and high turnover rate will make him a liability in standard leagues, but he is worth a flier in deeper leagues to see if he can continue to improve.
Mar 4 - 1:36 PM

The NBA has fined the Knicks an undisclosed amount for Phil Jackson's comments on D'Angelo Russell of Ohio State.

Russell is an exciting prospect that has turned heads during his freshman campaign at Ohio State, but NBA rules prohibit teams from publicly commenting on players who haven't officially declared for the draft. Jackson called Russell a "a great-looking kid" and a "great prospect" when he scouted last week's game between Ohio State and Nebraska, and considering that Russell is presumed by many to be a top-5 pick in this year's draft, at least now we know that the Knicks will be intrigued by him if he does declare for the draft.
Source: ESPN NY
Mar 4 - 9:30 AM

Jason Smith came off the bench again on Tuesday, posting 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting, four rebounds and three blocks in 22 minutes during a crushing loss to Sacramento.

He had only two points and five rebounds in 20 minutes on Saturday and isn't on the fantasy radar in typical leagues. It says a lot that Smith is backing up a starting duo of Lou Amundson and Andrea Bargnani.
Mar 3 - 10:04 PM

Andrea Bargnani played only 18 minutes during Tuesday's shellacking, finishing with three points on 1-of-4 shooting, three assists and zero rebounds, steals or blocks.

This awful game is compounded by the Knicks' two-game slate this week. The only good news is that New York plays five times in Week 20, which gives Bargnani some upside as the team's purported offensive centerpiece.
Mar 3 - 10:04 PM

Cole Aldrich was one of the only effective Knicks on Tuesday with eight points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks in 20 minutes off the bench.

He made 4-of-6 field goals and would have enough upside to own if he weren't stuck in a low-minute backup role behind Andrea Bargnani and Lou Amundson. Deep-league owners may want to pick him up for help at center, but everyone else can let him float along on the wire.
Mar 3 - 10:03 PM

The Knicks were destroyed by the Kings on Tuesday, 86-124, with only Alexey Shved leading the team in scoring with 15 points on 4-of-11 FGs and 7-of-9 FTs.

Shved added seven boards, three dimes and a steal, and he was one of only three Knicks to score double-digit points, joining fellow reserves Shane Larkin (13 points) and Jason Smith (13 points). Shved's 33 minutes were also a team-high and he's now averaging 13.0 points, 0.8 threes, 4.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.0 steals over the past four games. That's enough to warrant attention in deeper formats while Jose Calderon (Achilles) is out, but most owners should take a skeptical view of Shved -- he's shooting 38.7 percent this season and this was the first time he's cracked the 30-minute barrier.
Mar 3 - 10:02 PM

Tim Hardaway Jr. started vs. the Kings on Tuesday but struggled in 16 minutes of action, scoring seven points with one rebound, two assists and no defensive stats.

He shot 2-of-7 with both of his makes coming from beyond the arc, and the limited minutes were a product of the lopsided score. THJ figures large in the Knicks' rest-of-season rotation and anyone seeking scoring and 3-point shooting should hang onto him despite tonight's dud.
Mar 3 - 10:01 PM

Jose Calderon (achilles) will be out for at least two weeks.

He'll be reevaluated at that point. This means Calderon will miss at least the next 14 days, and it sounds like there is a good chance he'll miss additional time beyond that. Without the veteran in the lineup, expect Langston Galloway and Shane Larkin to see the bulk of minutes at point guard as Derek Fisher gets creative with his lineups. Of the two, Galloway is the one to target in standard leagues, while Larkin has to show us something real to earn any additional consideration.
Mar 2 - 1:20 PM

TMZ reports that Baron Davis is "in talks to return to the NBA."

TMZ also reports that Davis is in communication with multiple teams including the Clippers, Cavs and Lakers. The last time we saw Davis on the floor was when he shredded his knee on the Knicks at the end of the 2011-12 season, so it's been almost three full seasons since he was last in the league. That's a long way of saying we'll believe it when we see it.
Source: TMZ
Mar 2 - 9:19 AM

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored a game-high 22 points during a 103-98 win over the Raptors on Saturday with seven rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers.

He is coming off an 18-point game and is finally stringing some good games together. Still, Hardaway Jr. doesn't hand out assists, isn't adept in the steals department and is still making just 39 percent from the field on the season. He's more of a points and 3-pointers specialist.
Feb 28 - 10:47 PM

Andrea Bargnani scored 19 points in a big win over the Raptors on Saturday with three rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer.

Take that, Masai Ujiri! Kidding aside, Bargnani seems to have his role as the primary scorer in the first unit. Although, there really isn't going to be much besides the scoring. He's worth a look in points leagues, but owners in standard leagues can probably shoot for a higher upside. Il Mago also disappears a lot because of injuries.
Feb 28 - 10:44 PM

Alexey Shved scored 15 points off the bench against the Raptors on Saturday with two rebounds, five assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 20 minutes.

He was actually pretty good tonight and didn't throw the ball up in the air 40 feet on a six-foot runner. Shved is getting some minutes because of the Jose Calderon (Achilles) and he's worth a look in deep leagues. He won't be this good, though.
Feb 28 - 10:41 PM

The Knicks are starting Langston Galloway, Cleanthony Early, Tim Hardaway Jr., Lou Amundson and Andrea Bargnani on Saturday against the Raptors.

Early played poorly on Friday and it'll likely be Shane Larkin picking up most of the playing time. Early is not worth owning in almost any league right now.
Feb 28 - 6:00 PM

Jose Calderon (Achilles) will not play on Saturday against the Raptors.

An MRI revealed he has a strain in his Achilles and it's fair to assume he's going to miss multiple games. Calderon said he doesn't want to shut it down, but he's usually taken a long time to recover from injuries. With Calderon out, Shane Larkin is going to benefit most, but he's still not worth grabbing in standard leagues. Langston Galloway will also have more opportunity.
Feb 28 - 4:52 PM

Lou Amundson scored 17 points with 14 rebounds, two assists and three blocks during a 121-115 overtime win against the Pistons on Friday.

The Knicks frontcourt dominated against the Pistons tonight. Amundson did score 14 points in his last game on Wednesday and seems like he could be a 10-8 guy for points and boards now. He's more of a player to own in deep leagues, though.
Feb 28 - 1:00 AM


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