Player News - Knicks

Date: Team: Pos:

Carmelo Anthony played 40 minutes in his return to the lineup on Saturday during a 99-90 loss to the Suns, making 9-of-19 from the field for 25 points, 11 rebounds, three assist, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

It was a solid game from Anthony and he didn't appear to be hindered by knee soreness. The Knicks are a total nightmare and haven't won a home game since before Thanksgiving and now have the second-worst record in the NBA. Anthony's fantasy owners should be prepared for him to rest somewhat frequently. He said he is planning to play on Sunday.
Dec 20 - 3:52 PM

Jason Smith made 5-of-14 from the field for 11 points with three rebounds, one steal and one turnover in 17 minutes against the Suns on Saturday.

He had a Russell Westbrook-like usage rate of 38.9. Smith has played 16.6 minutes per game over his last five, averaging 7.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.6 steals. He has been hurt a lot in his career and the Knicks will likely keep his minutes in check.
Dec 20 - 3:49 PM

Jose Calderon matched his season high of 21 points against the Suns on Saturday with five rebounds, three assists and five 3-pointers.

Finally. Calderon didn't make more than one triple in any of his previous five games and he didn't make above 47 percent from the field in any of those games either. The Knicks should give him more triples these days, so his owners can probably expect him to get it going in standard leagues.
Dec 20 - 3:42 PM

Tim Hardaway Jr. played 34 minutes in the starting lineup on Saturday with 16 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

He made 5-of-14 from the field, so the high volume is a good sign even with Carmelo Anthony back. Hardaway Jr. should see shots in the teens while Iman Shumpert (shoulder) and J.R. Smith (heel) are on the shelf. He should have short-term value in standard leagues.
Dec 20 - 3:37 PM

Cole Aldrich scored four points in 17 minutes against the Suns on Saturday with one board, two assists and one block.

He didn't really get the ball much, but Aldrich didn't have a bad game in actuality. He's a bigger body and can do more than just block and board, so he should be in the rotation for now. Of course, there is no reason to add him in anything but a ridiculously deep league.
Dec 20 - 3:28 PM

Samuel Dalembert played down the stretch against the Suns on Saturday with five points, 12 rebounds, two steals and one block in 27 minutes.

He had seven offensive boards, but that's about all he did as far as positives go. Dalembert is likely going to have to share his minutes with Cole Aldrich even when Amare Stoudemire comes back, so there is even less to like about him. Leave him on the wire.
Dec 20 - 3:24 PM

Iman Shumpert (shoulder) is hoping to return to practice in two weeks.

He is still not expected to return before mid-January, but it is great to see him making progress. While he is by no means a must-own player, he might be worth a stash in deeper leagues for his ability to produce 3-pointers and steals. Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to start and is worth a long look in most leagues.
Dec 20 - 1:59 PM

J.R. Smith (heel) will not play in Saturday's game vs. the Suns.

Coach Derek Fisher added that he didn't think Smith would travel for Sunday's game against the Raptors, so it is clear that his heel has become a big problem for him. Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to start for the Knicks and is worth a long look in most leagues. Smith can be cut in all but the deepest of leagues.
Dec 20 - 11:36 AM

Amare Stoudemire (rest) and J.R. Smith (heel) are out for Saturday's game against the Suns.

It is just a scheduled day of rest for Amare, and he should be good to go Sunday vs. the Raptors. On the other hand, Smith is considered doubtful against Toronto, and likely won't even travel with the team, meaning Tim Hardaway Jr. should continue to stay hot. Cole Aldrich will draw the start in place of Amare, and is worth a look in deeper leagues.

Carmelo Anthony (ankle) will play in Saturday's game against the Suns, and is listed in the starting lineup.

This is excellent news for his owners, and coach Derek Fisher also said that he is hoping Melo would be able to play on Sunday. Melo is obviously a must-start option when he is healthy, and should be in for a good game against the up-tempo Suns.
Dec 20 - 11:23 AM

Coach Derek Fisher said that he is confident that the Knicks will make a run at the playoffs this season, despite the team sitting at 5-23 on the season.

It is really hard to read this without smiling, as it seems impossible to think that the Knicks would have a shot to recover from what is their worst start in franchise history. Regardless, the Knicks are nine losses behind Boston for the eighth seed, so it is not entirely out of the question. Owners of Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire can only hope that the Knicks can turn things around, because there would be no point for the Knicks to risk the health of their two aging veterans in a lost season.
Source: ESPN
Dec 20 - 10:02 AM

Amare Stoudemire is questionable to play Saturday vs. the Suns.

Amare started out of necessity on Thursday with Carmelo Anthony (knee), J.R. Smith (foot), and Iman Shumpert (shoulder) sidelined and put up 16 points, six rebounds, and four blocks in a losing effort to the Bulls. If he's able to go on Saturday, he'll be one of the primary options on offense for a depleted Knicks squad. If he sits, expect his minutes to be split up between Cole Aldrich, Quincy Acy, and Travis Wear.
Dec 19 - 12:52 PM

Carmelo Anthony (knee) is being listed as questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Suns.

There has been talk of Anthony shutting things down to get his knee right, so we'd say he's more on the doubtful side of questionable. If he's unable to go Travis Wear could get another start, but he shouldn't be considered an option in standard leagues. Tim Hardaway Jr., however, would be a primary option on offense if Melo is unavailable, so he’d be the guy to target in dailies. Stay tuned.
Dec 19 - 12:50 PM

J.R. Smith (foot) is being listed as doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Suns.

Smith has been a train wreck this season, and given his obvious struggles with grasping the triangle offense, he shouldn't be viewed as a stash candidate in standard leagues. If he's unable to go Saturday, Tim Hardaway Jr. will get all the minutes he can handle, and he'd make for a quality option in daily leagues. Stay tuned.
Dec 19 - 12:42 PM

Andrea Bargnani (calf, hamstring) went through a full shooting workout before Thursday's game vs. Chicago, and Derek Fisher said he's getting close to practicing.

Until Bargnani can actually step foot on the court, he's not going to be worth owning in most leagues. The Knicks have been devastated by injuries, so he could have some opportunity upon his eventual return, but that doesn't necessarily mean much for the constantly injured and disappointing Italian.
Dec 19 - 10:54 AM


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