Player News - Knicks

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Mitchell Robinson came off the bench on Tuesday, scoring six points with five rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 18 minutes.

This line is a reminder of how much upside Robinson will have once he figures things out, so he's worth keeping around if you can afford to stash him on your bench. As things stand, he's too inconsistent to start right now in standard fantasy leagues.
Nov 20 - 10:58 PM

Enes Kanter moved back into the starting five on Tuesday, posting seven points, five rebounds and six assists with a steal, a block and a 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

Kanter's fantasy owners were likely hoping for a bit more points and rebounds, but this was actually just his second time with a steal and a block in the same game all season. He also hit his third trey of the year. Kanter was coming off a 21-point, 19-rebound effort heading into this one, and gets a matchup with Anthony Davis and the Pelicans on Friday.
Nov 20 - 10:55 PM

Emmanuel Mudiay scored 16 points 24 minutes in a loss to the Blazers on Tuesday.

Mudiay added four rebounds and two triples, shooting 6-of-9 from the field -- and the career 37.8 percent shooter is now somehow over 50 percent from the field on the season. Mudiay has averaged 15.7 points, 2.0 assists and 1.3 treys on 65.5 percent shooting his last three games (yes you read that correctly), so he's starting to have some short-term appeal in deeper leagues. Of course, it comes with the obligatory caveat Knicks caveat that things could change in a hurry.
Nov 20 - 10:50 PM

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 32 points on Tuesday night, his third consecutive 30-plus point game.

THJ added five boards, four assists, one steal and three treys, going 10-of-21 from the field and 9-of-9 from the line. You'll have to stomach some shaky shooting (he came into this game shooting a high-volume 40.6 percent in November), but that's the only major drawback for Hardaway Jr., who has remained steady through all the turmoil in the Knicks rotation. THJ has now hit for 30, 32 and 32 points in his last three games.
Nov 20 - 10:45 PM

Trey Burke stayed hot on Tuesday, scoring 19 points with three rebounds, three assists and three treys in 26 minutes off the bench.

Burke shot 8-of-15 in this one, and is worth a long look if you need a short-term boost. He is now averaging 24.7 points, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.7 treys over his last three games, shooting a wildly unsustainable 60.4 percent from the floor during the hot streak.
Nov 20 - 10:39 PM

Mario Hezonja got his first start of the season Tuesday, but scored just two points on 1-of-5 shooting in 17 minutes.

Hezonja finally got off the bench after two consecutive DNP-CDs, but this obviously won't help his case for more playing time going forward. Starting or no, Hezonja belongs on the waiver wire for now.
Nov 20 - 10:34 PM

Noah Vonleh scored 14 points with 14 rebounds in a starting role on Tuesday, adding three steals, a block and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

It's an outstanding all-around line, but it's worth keeping in mind that Vonleh hadn't scored double-digit points in any of his last five games prior to this one. He also had some added motivation in a matchup against his former team. Vonleh certainly has some deep-league appeal, but continues to be a bit too inconsistent to trust in standard-sized leagues.
Nov 20 - 10:32 PM

Noah Vonleh will replace Kevin Knox in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game vs. Portland.

David Fizdale will be rolling out a starting five featuring Emmanuel Mudiay, Tim Hardaway Jr., Mario Hezonja, Vonleh and Enes Kanter, and his fickle rotations this season have been maddening in fantasy hoops. Knox hasn't been very good at all this season, so he's a cut-candidate in most leagues with the move to the bench.
Nov 20 - 6:05 PM

Enes Kanter will replace Mitchell Robinson in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Trail Blazers.

This will be the first time Kanter has been in the starting lineup since the fifth game of the season, but who knows how long the lineup change will last? David Fizdale said he is making the change because of Robinson's propensity to get into foul trouble, so maybe Kanter has a few more starts coming his way, which is excellent news for his value.
Nov 20 - 6:01 PM

Mario Hezonja will replace Allonzo Trier in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Trail Blazers.

This will be the first start of the season for Hezonja, and it'll be interesting to see what his minutes look like after picking up two straight DNP-CDs. He might be someone to consider streaming tonight, but he could easily return to collecting DNPs his next time out, so don't cut anyone with long-term potential. Trier's value will take a hit with the demotion to the second unit.
Nov 20 - 6:00 PM

Courtney Lee (neck) will not play on Tuesday against the Trail Blazers.

Lee was able to go through some contact work at Monday's practice, so he continues to make progress. However, as we've stated in numerous blurbs this season, we don't anticipate Lee being an impact player with the Knicks this year. Leave him on the wire.
Nov 20 - 2:13 PM

Courtney Lee (neck) participated in some contact drills at Monday's practice.

Lee is inching his way closer to a return, but we'd consider him doubtful for Tuesday's game with that being the first of a back-to-back set. Lee will assuredly be dealing with a minutes limit once he's cleared to play, and there are no guarantees that he'll be a significant part of the rotation, so he's safe to leave on the wire in all formats.
Nov 19 - 4:01 PM

The Grizzlies have reportedly had "extensive discussions" with Joakim Noah in recent days.

The Grizzlies have been linked to Noah since early-November, and it sounds like they're willing to bring him on on a minimum-level deal. Noah would help bring some depth to Memphis' frontcourt, but we don't anticipate him having any fantasy value, regardless of the name across the front of his jersey.
Nov 19 - 1:17 PM

Knicks coach David Fizdale said he has "empathy" for Enes Kanter, but his role will continue to be volatile going forward.

"I try to balance it," Fizdale said. "That’s the tough decisions you got to make. But we know ultimately this season’s biggest, most important thing we do is development. You can’t put anything above that." In other words, the Knicks would like a top pick in the 2019 Draft and want Mitchell Robinson to get as much run as possible. Kanter is a per-minute stud, so he should still be a mid-round fantasy asset going forward.
Nov 19 - 10:26 AM

Head coach David Fizdale said he doesn't think Kristaps Porzingis (knee) is as close to returning as the big man says he is.

New York's franchise player told that he was closing in on a return and that he's already started contact drills, but those drills happened in rehab sessions and not at actual practice. "I know he’s feeling better, obviously his progress. We’re all excited about every step he takes forward," Fizdale said. He added that the Knicks have no interest in bringing him back before's 100 percent and that he doesn't envision Porzingis practicing anytime soon. There's no guarantee we see him at all this season, so he's just a stash if you have I.R. spots.
Source: Newsday
Nov 19 - 9:44 AM

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