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  • Dennis Smith Jr.
    PG, New York Knicks

    Dennis Smith Jr. is set to start on Friday vs. the Pelicans.

    It would appear Smith has a slight edge on Elfrid Payton and Frank Ntilikina for the starting point guard slot on opening night. However, when your coach is David Fizdale things can change quickly. DSJ will be joined in the starting lineup by Wayne Ellington, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle and Mitchell Robinson.

    Source: Ian Begley on Twitter

  • Frank Ntilikina
    PG, New York Knicks

    Frank Ntilikina (sore groin) will be available to play Wednesday against the Hawks.

    Ntilikina is in competition for the starting point guard role with Dennis Smith Jr. and Elfrid Payton. Monitor this competition to see who wins out once the regular season arrives.

    Source: Knicks PR on Twitter

  • Dennis Smith Jr.
    PG, New York Knicks

    Dennis Smith Jr. will start at point guard in Wednesday's preseason game vs. the Hawks.

    DSJ is in a competition for the starting point guard role with Frank Ntilikina and Elfrid Payton. Kevin Knox, Bobby Portis, R.J. Barrett, and Marcus Morris will join DSJ in the starting lineup. Wednesday's game will give coach Fizdale an opportunity to see how DSJ runs with the starting unit.

    Source: Ian Begley on Twitter

  • Frank Ntilikina
    PG, New York Knicks

    Frank Ntilikina (sore groin) has been upgraded to probable for Wednesday's preseason matchup against the Hawks.

    Coach Fizdale told reporters on Tuesday that the last two preseason games will be "huge" in determining who will start at point guard for the Knicks on opening night. This leads us to believe that Ntilikina, Dennis Smith Jr., and Elfrid Payton will all see time in Wednesday's game against the Hawks and Friday's preseason finale against the Pelicans. With an open competition for the point guard spot, all three players are better left undrafted outside of deep leagues in lieu of more stable options.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Dennis Smith Jr.
    PG, New York Knicks

    Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, David Fizdale said that the next two games will be 'huge' in determining his opening night starter at point guard.

    Frank Ntilikina is competing with Dennis Smith Jr. and Elfrid Payton but no one seems to have the edge right now. DSJ will play on Wednesday night against the Hawks, after missing the first two preseason games with a back strain, and he will get the chance to impress his coach. Fizdale also mentioned that he wants to put the ball to RJ Barrett’s hands, while he sees Julius Randle and Marcus Morris as potential non-point guard ball-handlers in his offense, so this is definitely a situation to avoid for now.

    Source: SNY.tv

  • Dennis Smith Jr.
    PG, New York Knicks

    Dennis Smith Jr. (lower back strain) returned to practice on Tuesday and is probable to play Wednesday against the Hawks.

    Smith has missed valuable camp time as he battles Elfrid Payton for the starting PG job. They are both likely to split the minutes, either way, capping the fantasy value of each.

    Source: Ian Begley on Twitter

  • Dennis Smith Jr.
    PG, New York Knicks

    Dennis Smith Jr. (lower back strain) was a full participant in Sunday's practice.

    Smith has missed the last two preseason games but is expected to be out there for the final two, and this bodes well for his chances of doing so. DSJ is only a late-round flier in 8-cat formats, assuming he can hold off Elfrid Payton for the starting job.

    Source: Knicks PR on Twitter

  • Dennis Smith Jr.
    PG, New York Knicks

    Dennis Smith Jr. (strained lower back) is expected to play in the Knicks' final two preseason games.

    Smith Jr. missed the Knicks' first two preseason games. Knicks head coach David Fizdale said DSJ's performance will be indicative of who will start at point guard on opening night. As of now, it seems that Elfrid Payton has a leg up on the job, but two strong performances form Smith Jr. could easily change that.

    Source: Ian Begley on Twitter

  • Dennis Smith Jr.
    PG, New York Knicks

    Dennis Smith Jr. (strained lower back) has been ruled out of Friday's preseason game but David Fizdale expects him to return for the Knicks' last two exhibition contests.

    Smith has said his injury is nothing to worry about but this does open the door for Elfrid Payton to carve out more minutes for himself. DSJ was only a late-round flier in 8-cat formats to begin with, and his draft stock will slip for as long as he's sidelined.

    Source: Ian Begley on Twitter

  • Dennis Smith Jr.
    PG, New York Knicks

    Dennis Smith Jr. (strained lower back) is doubtful to face the Wizards on Friday.

    Smith and Elfrid Payton are competing for the Knicks starting PG spot. While Smith is expected to win, the missed time is not ideal, with the regular season approaching. Smith is a late-round option in drafts this season.

    Source: Knicks PR on Twitter

  • Dennis Smith Jr.
    PG, New York Knicks

    Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr., who is dealing with a back strain, participated in practice on a limited basis.

    Smith is expected to start for the Knicks this season, but Elfrid Payton could get more time during the preseason if the issue persists. Smith indicated previously that his back shouldn't bother him for much longer.

    Source: Knicks PR on Twitter

  • Dennis Smith Jr.
    PG, New York Knicks

    Dennis Smith Jr. said that his back strain is "nothing major, nothing to sweat about."

    Most importantly, Smith said that it's unrelated to the back injury he suffered last season. The Knicks are expected to have an open competition for the starting point guard role but DSJ is widely expected to win that battle as long as he stays healthy. If so, he'll be a late-round option for certain builds in 8-cat leagues.

    Source: Ian Begley on Twitter

  • Dennis Smith Jr.
    PG, New York Knicks

    Dennis Smith JR. (strained lower back) will not play in Monday's preseason game versus the Wizards.

    Smith is still in line to be the starter and this could just be precautionary, but it's a crowded situation regardless. If Smith Jr. were forced to miss any regular season action Elfrid Payton would be the favorite to start.

    Source: Knicks PR on Twitter

  • Dennis Smith Jr.
    PG, New York Knicks

    Dennis Smith Jr. (strained lower back) will not practice on Saturday.

    It was reported that Smith's injury is muscle-related and is not connected with the lower back injury that caused him to miss 10 of the final 14 games last season. Even when healthy, Smith was difficult to trust in fantasy last year due to his inefficient shooting, finishing only in the top-250 in standard leagues with a 42.7 field goal percentage and 63.5 percent from the line while knocking down only 1.3 triples per game. He is still the favorite to start at point guard although it is possible Elfrid Payton could overtake him at some point.

    Source: Ian Begley on Twitter

  • Dennis Smith Jr.
    PG, New York Knicks

    Knicks head coach David Fizdale said that Dennis Smith Jr., Elfrid Payton, and Frank Ntilikina are all being considered for the Knicks' starting point guard role.

    Smith should be considered the front-runner after being acquired in the Kristaps Porzingis trade last season. However, it makes sense for the Knicks to keep their options open. Smith averaged 14.7 points and 5.4 assists during 21 games after the trade.

    Source: Steve Popper on Twitter