Player News - Knicks

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Kristaps Porzingis expressed his distaste for tanking during a recent interview.

"I don’t believe in it either,’’ Porzingis said of tanking. "Every season you have to go with the expectations of making the playoffs. That’s the way to get better. If you do make the playoffs, that experience, you can’t change for nothing." The Knicks aren't likely to be in the playoff hunt this season, which could make it tough for them to come to terms on a rookie extension with Porzingis this summer.
Dec 11 - 4:39 PM

Ron Baker played a season-high 31 minutes during Sunday's home win, scoring nine points (2-of-5 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs) with four assists, two steals, one rebound and one 3-pointer.

Baker was the first guard off the bench tonight and the Knicks found success going small, so coach Jeff Hornacek stayed with what was working -- Baker wound up playing all but one minute of the fourth quarter alongside Frank Ntilikina. His previous high was 23 minutes, which came on opening night, so we're viewing this with extreme skepticism. Give him a wide berth.
Dec 10 - 11:37 PM

Doug McDermott scored a season-high 23 points in 31 minutes on Sunday, making 9-of-13 field goals with two 3-pointers and three rebounds.

He also went 3-of-3 at the free throw line, but didn't have any assists, steals or blocks. This was a terrific turn of events if you were somehow playing him tonight, but he's still untouchable in the vast majority of fantasy leagues.
Dec 10 - 11:37 PM

Jarrett Jack helped the Knicks hold on for a 111-107 win vs. Atlanta on Sunday, scoring a season-high 19 points with four rebounds, three assists and three turnovers in 26 minutes.

Jack hit 7-of-11 FGs and 5-of-7 FTs, and he closed out the game in a small lineup alongside Frank Ntilikina, Ron Baker, Lance Thomas and Kristaps Porzingis. The veteran hasn't blocked a shot all season and he's averaging 5.9 points on 42.1 percent shooting, which are just a few of the reasons to continue avoiding him.
Dec 10 - 11:36 PM

Courtney Lee sat out most of the second half on Sunday, finishing with four points, two rebounds and one turnover in 22 minutes.

Lee has been indispensable for the Knicks this season, and tonight's late benching was a product of the flow of the game -- New York found success going small, so coach Jeff Hornacek stuck with a backcourt of Frank Ntilikina and Ron Baker for nearly the entire fourth quarter. The last time C-Lee played under 30 minutes, he followed it up with a 24-point gem, and owners should shrug off tonight's dud.
Dec 10 - 11:36 PM

Michael Beasley fouled out in 10 minutes vs. Atlanta on Sunday.

Beasley was in some successful small-ball lineups when he could stay on the court, but that obviously wasn't very long. He finished with one point, two rebounds and one turnover.
Dec 10 - 11:35 PM

Enes Kanter (back) picked up four fouls in 18 minutes on Sunday, finishing with eight points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Kanter was on crutches when he entered the arena tonight, but he said this injury wasn't related to the back spasms that cost him three games last month. "It is the back, but the other side," he said before the game. "I got kneed in the hip and I lost my balance and it affected my leg. So I had a hard time walking and standing up." Kanter gets a day off before facing the Lakers on Tuesday, but owners should certainly double-check his status for that game.
Dec 10 - 11:35 PM

Kristaps Porzingis scored a game-high 30 points on Sunday, hitting 10-of-23 FGs and 9-of-10 FTs with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks in 38 minutes.

The Hawks' frontcourt is precariously thin with John Collins and Dewayne Dedmon and Mike Muscala all nursing injuries, so they sent waves of defenders at Porzingis -- it still didn't do much good. KP is averaging 36.0 minutes since returning from injury on Wednesday, so obviously the Knicks aren't too concerned about over-working him.
Dec 10 - 11:34 PM

Enes Kanter (hip) will play Sunday vs. the Hawks.

Kanter was seen limping badly following Saturday's loss to the Bulls, but apparently, he's recovered enough to get out there tonight. The Hawks have been giving up big lines to opposing bigs this season, so go ahead and get Kanter active.
Dec 10 - 5:56 PM

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said Frank Ntilikina is still trying to find a balance between looking to score and looking to pass.

"One of the things early was he was just looking to pass," Hornacek said. "Then we’ve tried to talk to him about being a little more aggressive, and trying to really move the ball downhill on these guys, and then I think he was maybe thinking shoot it and score." Hornacek added that Ntilikina is only going to get better and more comfortable as the season progresses, and he's coming off one of his best games of the campaign with 10 points, two rebounds, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes.
Dec 10 - 12:01 PM

Knicks general manager Scott Perry says he's not planning on buying out Joakim Noah.

Noah wasn't even on the active roster on Saturday and he's fourth on the depth chart at center, but buying him out would be complicated since has two more full seasons and nearly $38 million left on the contract. "I like having some veteran people around to help a young team," Perry said. "His veteran experience is very helpful to have in the locker room. As of right now, I’m comfortable he’s here. Let’s see what he can contribute going forward." Noah isn't even close to being on the fantasy radar and the Knicks will likely shop him at the deadline.
Dec 10 - 10:57 AM

Kristaps Porzingis scored 23 points with four rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes against the Bulls during a 104-102 loss on Saturday.

The Unicorn was back to being a usage monster, making 10-of-25 from the field, 2-of-2 from the line and turning it over twice for a 32.3 usage rate -- that's his highest in a full game since Nov. 20. On the downside, Porzingis isn't quite the efficiency dynamo he was earlier in the year with eight of his last nine full games resulting in a TS% below his season TS% of 56.6. There's nothing to worry about, of course, and expect him to heat up in short order.
Dec 10 - 2:36 AM

Willy Hernangomez was a DNP-CD on Saturday against the Bulls.

That's two DNP-CDs in a row, but there's a chance Enes Kanter (hip) can't give it a go against the Hawks. Hernangomez is almost purely a stash, but it's nice to see he did get some power forward minutes when Kristaps Porzingis missed some time.
Dec 10 - 2:29 AM

Lance Thomas scored four points with two rebounds, one steal and two turnovers in 25 minutes against the Bulls on Saturday.

He's really just starting for defense and he's only scored 12 points in his last two starts despite 57 minutes of action. Thomas is only a desperation streamer.
Dec 10 - 2:28 AM

Doug McDermott scored 10 points with six rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Bulls on Saturday.

Revenge game? Before the game, coach Jeff Hornacek said something most wouldn't expect, saying McDermott is one of the best defenders on the Knicks. If you want to go off Synergy's tracking, that does check out with McDermott coming in at 84th percentile in halfcourt defense. His offense hasn't really been there and he's not really worth owning in standard leagues.
Dec 10 - 2:24 AM


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