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  • Dennis Smith Jr.
    PG, New York Knicks

    Marc Berman of the New York Post is reporting that the Magic have expressed interest in trading for Dennis Smith Jr.

    DSJ was selected with the ninth overall pick in the 2017 draft by the Mavs, but the Magic had him really high on their board too. He had a down season failing to beat Elfrid Payton for the starting job and a change of environment might actually be good for him.

    Source: NY Post

  • Dennis Smith Jr.
    PG, New York Knicks

    Dennis Smith Jr. emerged as one of the biggest losers in fantasy, yet again, in 2019-20, disappointing everyone with value outside the top-400 in 9-cat scoring formats.

    DSJ proved once again that he's a bust, both in real-life and fantasy. Despite a three-headed horse race for the starting PG job in New York, Smith's inefficiency and overall lackluster play saw him lose the role and playing time to both Elfrid Payton and Frank Ntilikina. In 34 games for the Knicks, DSJ was terrible with 5.5 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 2.9 APG and 0.9 SPG, on .341 shooting from the field and a .509 clip from the line. He should be considered persona non grata in all fantasy drafts moving forward.

  • Elfrid Payton
    PG, New York Knicks

    Elfrid Payton was able to produce 99/125 per-game value in 8/9-cat leagues due to his high assist (7.2) and steal (1.6) numbers.

    At the beginning of the season, it was unclear who the starting point guard would be for the Knicks. They have three young guards in Payton, Frank Ntilikina and Dennis Smith Jr., who was the key piece of the Kristaps Porziņģis trade. After returning from a hamstring injury that cost Payton 17 consecutive games, it became clear by mid-December that he was the starting point guard and he started every game that he was healthy from December 21 on. Payton struggles to help in other categories outside of assists and steals as he averaged 10.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 0.4 blocks, 0.3 threes and 2.1 turnovers in 27.7 mpg on .439 shooting from the field, a horrendous .203 from long range and an awful .570 from the charity stripe. The Knicks have a $7M option on Payton for the 2020-21 season ($1M guaranteed) and it seems likely that they will bring him back as either the starter or as a primary back-up. Until he proves that he can become a more efficient player on the offensive end, Payton will remain as a standard-league specialist and figures to remain around the same value we have seen over the past three seasons.

  • Dennis Smith Jr.
    PG, New York Knicks

    Marc Berman of the New York Post is reporting that with new leadership in place for the Knicks, the team is likely to shop Dennis Smith Jr. this offseason.

    Knicks President Leon Rose has no attachment to Smith, and with head coach David Fizdale and assistant coach Keith Smart no longer around to justify his retention, there is little reason for the Knicks to continue relying upon DSJ's services. He struggled all season, from a back injury, to the loss of his stepmother, to an obscure oblique injury, and a concussion in February. Smith will be worth a flyer for another team to roll the dice on, but it is unlikely he gets a real chance to be the Knicks point guard of the future again. It will be difficult for Smith to become a standard league option no matter where he is playing next season. He is simply too lousy a shooter from the field and free-throw line. His turnover rate also remains an issue in 9-CAT formats.

    Source: NY Post

  • Dennis Smith Jr.
    PG, New York Knicks

    Dennis Smith Jr. has cleared the concussion protocol and will be available to play against the Wizards on Tuesday.

    DSJ should resume his role as the third-string PG and doesn't carry much fantasy value unless Elfrid Payton or Frank Ntilikina get hurt.

    Source: Ian Begley on Twitter

  • Dennis Smith Jr.
    PG, New York Knicks

    Dennis Smith Jr. (concussion) is being listed as probable to play against the Wizards on Tuesday.

    DSJ had some momentum going before the unfortunate concussion, but with Elfird Payton and Frank Ntilikina now healthy, Smith's value is capped. He can be left on the waiver wire.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Dennis Smith Jr.
    PG, New York Knicks

    Dennis Smith Jr. is questionable to play against the Wizards on Tuesday as he has yet to clear the league's concussion protocol.

    Smith Jr. has missed the last five games and could miss Tuesday's game as well. He is currently third on the depth chart in New York and can be left on the wire.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Dennis Smith Jr.
    PG, New York Knicks

    Dennis Smith Jr. (concussion) will not play on Sunday.

    Smith was listed questionable after returning to practice on Saturday, but has yet to clear the final steps of the league's concussion protocol. His health shouldn't be affecting your fantasy teams to begin with.

    Source: Knicks PR on Twitter

  • Dennis Smith Jr.
    PG, New York Knicks

    Dennis Smith Jr. (concussion) is listed as questionable for the matchup against the Pistons on Sunday.

    Smith is still in the concussion protocol but is out of the fantasy conversation regardless as he has averaged only 15.8 minutes per game this season and is projected to be the third string point guard upon his return. He was able to return to practice today but there are still some steps left for him to clear, hence the questionable status.

    Source: Greg Joyce on Twitter

  • Dennis Smith Jr.
    PG, New York Knicks

    Dennis Smith Jr. (concussion) will remain out of the lineup during Wednesday's game against the Jazz.

    Smith has been battling Frank Ntilikina for backup duties while Elfrid Payton is back healthy and taking the lion's share of the PG minutes. Smith Jr. can be left on the waiver wire unless Payton and Ntilikina go down with injuries.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Dennis Smith Jr.
    PG, New York Knicks

    Dennis Smith Jr., currently in the league's concussion protocol, will miss Saturday's game against the Bulls and at least one more after that.

    Although Smith put up an impressive 15-point, 7-rebound, 5-assist, 7-steal line five days ago, he can continue to be ignored in standard leagues. Elfrid Payton will continue to operate as the primary point guard with Frank Ntilikina and Smith battling each other for backup duties for the remainder of the season.

    Source: Knicks PR on Twitter

  • Frank Ntilikina
    PG, New York Knicks

    Frank Ntilikina is probable heading into Saturday's contest vs. the Bulls, as he continues to recover from a sore groin.

    Ntilikina is the backup point guard for the Knicks, and he will have a difficult time entering the discussion past deep leagues in these circumstances. Dennis Smith Jr. (concussion protocol) has been ruled out, which will give Ntilikina a few more minutes for this game.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Elfrid Payton
    PG, New York Knicks

    Elfrid Payton had a nice outing on Thursday night, finishing with 18 points, six boards and 12 assists in 36 minutes.

    Payton is a quietly productive player when he's healthy and he should continue to be a good source of assists the rest of the way. We wish we got a couple steals in this game, but let's not get too greedy. He will likely end up the second most valuable Knick at the end of the season. This totally tanks anything we might see from Dennis Smith Jr., who left the game with concussion-like symptoms and did not return after scoring four points in seven minutes.

  • Dennis Smith Jr.
    PG, New York Knicks

    Dennis Smith Jr. (concussion-like symptoms) will miss the remainder of Thursday's game.

    Smith's night will end with four points and a rebound in seven minutes off the bench. He's been gaining a little traction of late but this takes the wind from his sails. Elfrid Payton will have plenty of work ahead of him with Frank Ntilikina also on the shelf right now.

    Source: Knicks PR on Twitter

  • Elfrid Payton
    PG, New York Knicks

    Elfrid Payton (right ankle soreness) will return to action for Wednesday’s matchup vs. the Hornets.

    Payton will be able to play in his first game after the All-Star break, after missing the last two contests. He has proven to be the most reliable point guard that the Knicks have on their roster this season and should be rostered across standard formats as he is currently producing top-91/108 per-game value in 8/9-cat this season. Dennis Smith Jr. will head back to the bench but could see limited minutes with Frank Ntilikina (groin) sidelined.

    Source: NBA Injury Report