Player News - Knicks

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Emmanuel Mudiay moved into the Knicks' starting lineup on Thursday, posting eight points on 4-of-9 shooting, five rebounds, four assists, two turnovers and one steal in 23 minutes.

New York is predictably emphasizing youth as they drift toward the end of the regular season with a 23-36 record. He's worth grabbing if you need a cheap PG, especially in points leagues, but be mindful of his limitations in category-based formats -- he has career averages of 37.4% FGs and 73.3% FTs, with 2.5 turnovers and 4.3 assists, and he's a combined 0-of-10 from deep in four games with the Knicks.
Feb 22 - 10:04 PM

Jarrett Jack was a healthy DNP-CD during Thursday's game in Orlando.

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said repeatedly that he planned to use his young guards more after the All-Star break. Jack is 34 years old on a team headed for the draft lottery, so this shouldn't have taken any fantasy owners by surprise. Send him to the waiver wire, if he's not there already.
Feb 22 - 10:04 PM

Trey Burke scored a season-high 26 points on Thursday, knocking down 12-of-22 shots with two 3-pointers, six assists, four rebounds, one steal, one block and one turnover in 30 minutes.

It looks like Jarrett Jack might be out of the rotation for good, which leaves Burke, Emmanuel Mudiay, Frank Ntilikina and Courtney Lee to handle the backcourt. Mudiay played 23 minutes as a starter tonight, while Ntilikina logged 30 minutes, and the most encouraging sign is that New York went with a lot of two-PG lineups. This will likely be the high-water mark for his fantasy value all season, and we're not overreacting to one big game vs. a poor Magic defense, but deep-league owners can consider him as a speculative add.

Tim Hardaway Jr. sank 9-of-19 shots to score 23 points on Thursday, adding six assists, two rebounds, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

THJ was slumping horribly heading into the break, until he erupted for 37 points on 14-of-24 shooting in the Knicks' previous game on Feb. 14. It looks like he benefited from extra rest over the past eight days, and owners should confidently lock him into active lineups.
Feb 22 - 10:01 PM

Kyle O'Quinn played well in 19 minutes on Thursday with 14 points (6-of-8 FGs, 2-of-3 FTs), eight rebounds, three blocks and one assist.

O'Quinn had great energy in his first game back from the All-Star break, and for now it seems New York will stick with the 27-year-old as the primary backup for Enes Kanter. His case for minutes was also aided by a poor showing from Luke Kornet, who went scoreless on 0-of-5 shooting. Even if he does avoid a shutdown, though, O'Quinn isn't worth owning in most leagues.
Feb 22 - 10:00 PM

Michael Beasley tied his season-high with three blocks on Thursday, adding seven points, four boards, three assists and one steal in 23 minutes of action.

Beasley hasn't been a well-rounded or consistent fantasy option throughout his career, but he's making the most of his opportunity with Kristaps Porzingis (knee) out of action. Over the past five games he's averaging 16.4 points, 0.6 threes, 8.0 boards, 2.4 assists, 1.2 blocks and 0.8 steals. If you need a forward who can score the ball and chip in some boards with a trickle of other stats, you could do worse.
Feb 22 - 9:59 PM

Courtney Lee started on Thursday but played only 14 minutes, going 4-of-8 from the field with a pair of 3-pointers for 10 points.

Lee added two assists, one rebound and one steal without any turnovers, but this wasn't the post-break performance owners wanted to see. Trey Burke caught fire with 26 points off the bench and the Knicks went with a lot of two-PG lineups, which ate into Lee's role. It's not a great spot for him as a veteran on a bad team, but he should still play a bigger role most nights.
Feb 22 - 9:58 PM

Emmanuel Mudiay, Courtney Lee, Tim Hardaway Jr., Michael Beasley and Enes Kanter will start against the Magic on Thursday.

This Knicks will roll out a new starting lineup combo with Mudiay running the point. Beasley also had a minor ear irritation earlier this week, but he did go through practice on Wednesday and should be fine. There are a lot of shots to go around in this offense, but there will be a lot of inefficiency.
Feb 22 - 6:44 PM

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said Frank Ntilikina's knee may have held him back before the break.

"He just looked exhausted sometimes," Hornacek said. "His knee hurt for a while there, and that’s stuff we have to build up. And again, this is going to be a great last 23 games for him because, we’ll see, can he play the 30 minutes without his knees hurting? Part of that is growth." It sounds like he may eventually start next to Emmanuel Mudiay, but it's obvious that the Knicks want to get him more run. He hasn't been playing well on the offensive end, so most fantasy owners can just watch his progress from the wire.
Source: Newsday
Feb 22 - 10:00 AM

Jarrett Jack is expected to come off the bench on Thursday vs. the Magic.

Coach Jeff Hornacek didn't reveal his starting lineup yet, but what we do know is that Emmanuel Mudiay is basically a lock to replace Jack -- Mudiay was running the offense for the starters in their last practice and also talked about his new role. With the Knicks hoping to also look at Frank Ntilikina and Trey Burke, there's a good chance that Jack will be a healthy scratch tonight.
Source: Newsday
Feb 22 - 9:56 AM

Emmanuel Mudiay is expected to start for the Knicks on Thursday.

Coach Jeff Hornacek wouldn't reveal all of his starters, but he indicated Mudiay would be one of them and Mudiay himself talked about taking over. "I’m not going to take it for granted," Mudiay said. "I came in as a lottery pick so I was kind of handed the spot and stuff like that. So the fact that I’m in that position again, it’s a blessing." The Knicks have played Mudiay next to Frank Ntilikina a bunch this month, and that should still continue. Mudiay isn't the most efficient player, but he should have opportunity to post numbers. If you're OK with bad percentages, Mudiay is worth a look in standard leagues.
Source: Newsday
Feb 21 - 3:54 PM

Michael Beasley (ear) was back at practice on Wednesday.

Beasley skipped Tuesday's practice with a minor "ear irritation," but with him getting in a full practice today, he should be good to go for Thursday's game in Orlando. With Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) done for the year, Beasley should close out the season as a starter in New York, and he'll be a nice source of points and boards.
Feb 21 - 11:30 AM

Jeff Hornacek said on Wednesday that Frank Ntilikina, Emmanuel Mudiay and Trey Burke will be getting more minutes towards the second half of the season.

It wouldn't be shocking to see Jarrett Jack cede the starting spot to either Ntilikina or Mudiay for the second half of the year, but with all these guys vying for minutes, this could devolve into a value-killing timeshare situation. Ntilikina and Mudiay might be worth a look in really deep leagues, but it's tough to see them churning out value in most 12-team formats.
Feb 21 - 11:16 AM

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek suggested on Tuesday that Joakim Noah will not return to the Knicks this season.

"I think that is the plan," Hornacek said after practice. The Knicks sent Noah away after he and Hornacek got into a skirmish at practice on Jan. 24, when Noah was upset that he played less than five minutes the night before. "That’s something that happened three weeks ago, four weeks ago," Hornacek said. "We’ve moved on. He’s ready to move on and maybe have an opportunity somewhere else." While this story has no fantasy impacts, Noah could have helped a team missing Kristaps Porzingis. Noah's NBA career appears to be winding down in his 10th season.
Source: Newsday
Feb 20 - 10:16 PM

Michael Beasley missed practice on Tuesday due to "right ear irritation."

This is all we have to work with, but we'll put him on the injury report to be safe. With that said, we'd be very surprised if he wasn't ready for Thursday's game vs. the Magic. He's a must-own player right now and averaged 18.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks in his last four games.
Feb 20 - 7:47 PM


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