Player News - Knicks

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Frank Ntilikina (bruised right knee) has been cleared for contact and scrimmaged on Tuesday and is "on track" to play Thursday vs. OKC.

The Knicks have been understandably cautious with their teenage rookie in the preseason. Ntilikina missed the Knicks final four exhibition contests after bruising his right knee earlier this month. However, it appears he'll be ready to roll on opening night. He will likely split minutes with Ron Baker backing up starting point guard Ramon Sessions. Don't expect much from Ntilikina early in the season, as his playing time will likely be limited.
Oct 17 - 11:52 AM

Frank Ntilikina (knee) was limited at Monday's practice.

He went through the non-contact portions of practice, but was held out of the scrimmage. Ntilikina said he expects to be ready for the season opener on Thursday vs. OKC, but Ramon Sessions will likely start because the rookie missed most of the preseason.
Oct 16 - 12:01 PM

Frank Ntilikina (bruised right knee) went through non-contact portions of Saturday's practice.

New York will be extra cautious with their 19-year-old PG, who looks like he'll begin the season behind one of his veteran teammates -- Ramon Sessions sounds like the favorite for opening night, but Jarrett Jack is also in the mix. Patience will be necessary if you're drafting Ntilikina this season, but the Knicks have every reason to develop him quickly as the season progresses.
Oct 15 - 9:40 AM

Kristaps Porzingis (sore right hip) practiced fully on Saturday, and coach Jeff Hornacek is optimistic that he'll be ready for Thursday's opener.

KP had been going through non-contact drills, but it sounds like he practiced without limitations on Saturday. His preseason hip ailment may have been caused by over-compensating for a previous ankle injury, but either way it's not serious enough to damage his draft stock -- you're unlikely to see him fall beyond the second round in any format.
Oct 15 - 9:35 AM

Michael Beasley (left elbow) started the Knicks' preseason finale on Friday, scoring 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting with three rebounds, one steal and two turnovers in 22 minutes.

Beasley exited Monday's preseason game with a bruised elbow, but tests were negative for structural damage and he'll be ready to roll for the Knicks' opener on Thursday. The former No. 2 draft pick hasn't held sustained fantasy value since the 2010-11 season.
Oct 13 - 11:12 PM

Tim Hardaway Jr. made 9-of-15 shots with four 3-pointers on Friday, scoring a team-high 23 points with three boards, two assists, one steal and one block.

THJ also committed just one turnover in 30 minutes and this was exactly what fantasy owners want to see. Kristaps Porzingis (hip) was out tonight for precautionary reasons, but even with KP active, Hardaway Jr. looks like a clear No. 2 option offensively. He's poised to build on a strong finish to the 2016-17 season, during which he posted mid-round value for the Hawks.
Oct 13 - 11:08 PM

Doug McDermott looked good offensively vs. the Wizards, scoring 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting, with a 4-of-6 mark from downtown.

McDermott played 24 minutes off the bench tonight, adding two rebounds and one assist, but this might be a case of too little, too late. Jeff Hornacek said recently that he likes a starting duo of Courtney Lee and Tim Hardaway Jr. on the wings, so it looks like McDermott will be relegated to backup duty. He doesn't project as more than a points-and-threes specialist, especially while Michael Beasley (elbow) and Mindaugas Kuzminskas (calf) are healthy.

Enes Kanter started Friday's loss to the Wizards, racking up 15 points on 6-of-8 FGs and 3-of-4 FTs, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 23 minutes.

Kristaps Porzingis (hip) sat out as a precaution, but all signs point to him being ready for opening night. Kanter's fantasy value hinges on rebounds, points, and the ability to help FG percentages without hurting FT percentages -- a desired skill-set for a big man. That said, the Knicks' center rotation is too deep to expect a breakout season, at least while Willy Hernangomez, Joakim Noah and Kyle O'Quinn are all in the mix.

Frank Ntilikina (knee) will not play on Friday against the Wizards.

He hasn't been practicing and missing most of preseason is not a good sign for arguably the biggest project in the 2017 lottery. The Knicks are putting up banners of their point guard, but it may be a couple months before he's posting reliable stats. Ntilikina is only a last-round stash.
Oct 13 - 6:29 PM

Frank Ntilikina (knee) and Kristaps Porzingis (hip) are out for Friday's game against the Wizards.

KP was not expected to play in game all week, but he should be ready for the season last year and coach Jeff Hornacek he'd probably play in a regular season game today. He had some hip issues in his first summer league and the leg injuries are starting to pile up, but Porzingis' upside is too high to pass up in the top 25 picks of a standard draft.
Oct 13 - 6:27 PM

Coach Jeff Hornacek said he likes the idea of starting Courtney Lee alongside Tim Hardaway Jr.

He did add that it could be tough to start this wing combo in some matchups against bigger lineups. "Yeah I think defensively they're able to scramble and help each other out and they can switch," Hornacek said. Lee looks like the heavy favorite to get the start on opening night. Plus, it helps he does have some point guard experience, especially with Frank Ntilikina (knee) progressing slowly. Lee will be a low-demand target in drafts, but he has an excellent shot to be a top-100 player in standard leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 12 - 3:38 PM

Luke Kornet (sore left hamstring) will play in Friday's preseason finale against Washington.

It's good to see that Kornet is over the hamstring injury, but he'll likely head down to the G-League once the regular season is underway, making him irrelevant in fantasy hoops.
Oct 12 - 12:57 PM

Mindaugas Kuzminskas (sore left calf) will make his preseason debut Friday vs. Washington.

Kuzminskas will be battling Courtney Lee, Michael Beasley and Tim Hardaway Jr. for minutes this season, so he'll have a tough time making any noise in fantasy hoops while those guys are healthy.
Oct 12 - 12:56 PM

Joakim Noah (illness) did not participate during Thursday's practice.

Noah is going to miss the first 12 games of the season due to a suspension, and he likely won't be a major part of the rotation in New York this season. He's not a viable draft target.
Oct 12 - 12:25 PM

Kristaps Porzingis (hip) was limited to the non-contact portions of Thursday's practice.

Porzingis maintains that he'll be ready for New York's regular-season opener on October 19, but it's doubtful we'll see him take the court for Friday's preseason finale against the Wizards. This hip issue seems relatively minor and him skipping exhibition games could be described as precautionary, so he'll still make for a very solid early-round target on draft day.
Oct 12 - 12:23 PM


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