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Knicks' Frank Ntilikina: Resurfaces in rotation
Ntilikina posted 18 points (7-11 FG, 4-4 3Pt) and an assist before fouling out in 20 minutes Sunday in the Knicks' 119-107 loss to the Hornets.
After failing to leave the bench in coach's decision over the Knicks' first three games of December, Ntilikina has now logged double-digit minutes in back-to-back games. Ntilikina strengthened his case for sticking in the rotation with the unusually hot shooting night from the field, though reaching 20 minutes on a nightly basis could prove to be a challenge. It's worth noting that emerging rookie Allonzo Trier (hamstring) was sidelined along with Trey Burke (knee), so the Frenchman could see his playing time fall once either or both of the injured players are cleared to return.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Noah Vonleh: Shows off passing skills
Vonleh scored three points (1-5 FG, 1-3 3Pt), 10 rebounds and nine assists across 30 minutes Sunday in the Knicks' 119-107 loss to the Hornets.
Vonleh's scoring (and playing time) has been fairly volatile from game to game, but the Knicks' starting power is still in the midst of his best fantasy campaign of his five NBA seasons. The big man typically offers most of his value through his rebounds and defensive production, but he showed some rare polish as a passer Sunday. The nine dimes were a season high and bumped up his total to 16 over the past three contests. Given that he's averaging just two assists per game on the season, however, it would probably be unwise to expect Vonleh to remain much of an asset in the category.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Kevin Knox: Posts massive double-double
Knox tallied 26 points (10-25 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 15 rebounds and one steal across 41 minutes Sunday in the Knicks' 119-107 loss to the Hornets.
Coach David Fizdale had a quick hook on starting small forward Mario Hezonja, who played just five minutes to afford Knox most of the run at the position. While the rookie came through with a career-high rebound total and matched his best scoring haul of the season, the latter tally came on highly inefficient shooting, which has been a common occurrence throughout the campaign. Knox has converted just 35 percent of his attempts from the field and 34.1 percent of his tries from downtown this season and typically offers precious little production outside of scoring and three-pointers, making him tough to rely on for fantasy purposes.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Allonzo Trier: Out with hamstring issue
Trier has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Hornets due to a left hamstring strain, Chris Iseman of The Bergen Record reports.
Trier dropped 15 points over 27 minutes in New York's previous matchup with Brooklyn on Saturday, but he'll miss his squad's upcoming game due to injury. He'll likely be a game-time decision for Wednesday's tilt in Cleveland.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Allonzo Trier: Double-digit scoring Saturday
Trier tallied 15 points (5-11 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 5-6 FT), and two rebounds in 27 minutes during Saturday's 112-104 loss to Brooklyn.
Trier managed 15 points Saturday, breaking his streak of four straight games in single-digits. Trier has been an inconsistent source of points and really only has value as a streaming option, and then only on certain nights.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Damyean Dotson: 12 points off the bench Saturday
Dotson totaled 12 points (5-10 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 0-2 FT), three rebounds, and two assists in 29 minutes during Saturday's 112-104 loss to Brooklyn.
Dotson played a team-high 29 minutes Saturday, dropping 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting. The Knicks went with the second unit down the stretch which allowed a number of the bench players to see some additional court time. Dotson has been scoring the ball well over the past two weeks but is still more of a deep league player.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Enes Kanter: Big night in Saturday's loss
Kanter finished with 23 points (10-13 FG, 3-5 FT), 14 rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 26 minutes during Saturday's 112-104 loss to the Nets.
Kanter led the Knicks in scoring and rebounding Saturday, finishing with 23 points and 14 rebounds. It was Kanter's third straight double-double despite playing just around 25 minutes per game over the same period. His ceiling is somewhat limited due to the apparent minutes' cap but he should still be on a roster everywhere.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Damyean Dotson: Hot shooting run ends
Dotson finished with five points (2-11 FG, 0-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds and one steal across 20 minutes Thursday in the Knicks' 128-100 loss to the Celtics.
Dotson became a popular waiver-wire pickup after scoring no fewer than 16 points in each of his previous four contests, but that production never seemed likely to last much longer after it came on the back of 62.5 percent shooting from the field and 65 percent shooting from three-point range. The other shoe finally dropped for Dotson on Thursday, but the second-year player can at least be expected to offer average-to-slightly-above-average efficiency moving forward. Over 20 outings this season, Dotson maintains a 45.6 percent mark from the field and 37.5 mark from distance, both of which look relatively sustainable.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Allonzo Trier: Production on downturn
Trier tallied six points (2-5 FG, 2-2 FT), two rebounds and two assists across 18 minutes Thursday in the Knicks' 128-100 loss to the Celtics.
Since exploding for 20-plus points twice in a three-game stretch in late November, Trier has unsurprisingly cooled down, with his minutes dropping along with it. He has shot just 28.6 percent from the field over his last four games and hasn't offered much of anything on the defensive end to compensate for the downturn in scoring. Trier should at least be locked into a rotation spot for the foreseeable future, with the rookie getting much of his run as the backup point guard of late with Trey Burke (knee) sidelined.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Courtney Lee: Holding minimal rotation role
Lee came off the bench and generated three points (1-3 FG, 1-2 3Pt), two rebounds and two assists across 10 minutes Thursday in the Knicks' 128-100 loss to the Celtics.
The blowout nature of the contest allowed coach David Fizdale to give run to 11 players, but Lee had been included in the rotation in the Knicks' three-point loss to the Wizards three days earlier, playing 16 minutes in his season debut. Lee was a serviceable three-and-D wing for the Knicks a season ago, but with the team seemingly preferring to prioritize the development of its younger options at shooting guard and small forward, the veteran unlikely to come anywhere close to the 30.4 minutes per game he averaged in 2017-18. In fact, Lee could see his spot in the rotation evaporate once Trey Burke (knee) is back in the fold.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Frank Ntilikina: Out of rotation
Ntilikina (coach's decision) didn't see the floor Thursday in the Knicks' 128-100 loss to the Celtics.
The lack of playing time amid a blowout loss isn't a great look for the 2017 first-round pick, who has cleared entered coach David Fizdale's doghouse. Even with Trey Burke () hurting, Ntilikina has been unable to crack the rotation the last three games, with Fizdale instead using undrafted rookie Allonzo Trier as the backup to point guard Emmanuel Mudiay. Ntilikina doesn't need to be owned in the majority of redraft leagues and no longer looks like an especially enticing dynasty option either.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Tim Hardaway: Team-high 22 points in loss
Hardaway produced 22 points (7-19 FG, 6-13 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two assists, one rebound, and one steal in 33 minutes during Thursday's 128-100 loss to the Celtics.
Hardaway dropped a team-high 22 points Thursday, delivering his third consecutive 20 point game. The Knicks are a mess right now but Hardaway clearly has the green light on the offensive end. Outside of some additional assists, Hardaway offers very little from an overall fantasy game but should still be on a roster in all formats.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Emmanuel Mudiay: Six dimes in loss Thursday
Mudiay totaled 17 points (5-15 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 5-5 FT), six assists, and two rebounds in 34 minutes during Thursday's 128-100 loss to Boston.
Mudiay continues to put up standard league numbers despite the Knicks being blown out again. Trey Burke (knee) remains without a timetable for his return giving Mudiay plenty of run. His upside is limited but he has been taking advantage of the opportunity presented to him and owners should ride him while he is hot.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Enes Kanter: Limited playing time Thursday
Kanter had 14 points (7-12 FG), 11 rebounds, one assist, and one block in 23 minutes during Thursday's 128-100 loss to Boston.
Kanter saw just 23 minutes of action Thursday, finishing with 14 points and 11 rebounds. While the numbers are still solid, the playing time has dropped of late. He has now played four straight games of 27 minutes or less. The Knicks are just not that good and it appears that Kanter is going to sit late in blowouts, which could be more often than not.... See More ... See Less
Knicks' Noah Vonleh: Double-doubles Thursday
Vonleh finished with 12 points (4-5 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 34 minutes during Thursday's 128-100 loss to the Celtics.
Vonleh played a team-high 34 minutes Thursday, ending with a 12-and-10 double-double. Despite the game being a blowout, Vonleh still managed to stay on the court for a substantial period of time. He has been one of the few bright spots for the Knicks thus far, working his way into standard league consideration. He is not a must-roster player but does offer some upside in rebounds and field-goal percentage.... See More ... See Less