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  • 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. (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) 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. (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

    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

  • Elfrid Payton
    PG, New York Knicks

    Elfrid Payton has been working on improving his 3-point shot and looks to play next to Dennis Smith Jr. in some lineups.

    Elfrid Payton averaged a career high 0.8 three pointers on 2.5 attempts in his lone season with the Pelicans. If he can improve on his 31.4 percent three point shooting from last season, he can add another facet to his already all-round game. Payton mentioned that he envisions himself and Dennis Smith Jr. playing in two point-guard lineups, 'I do think he can play off-the-ball a little bit and I feel like I can play off-the-ball a bit too, especially now that I feel I’m shooting the ball better…in today’s game, you can definitely have two point guards out there at the same time.'

    Source: Hoops Hype

  • Julius Randle
    PF, New York Knicks

    The Knicks have officially announced the signings of Julius Randle, Wayne Ellington, Taj Gibson, Elfrid Payton and Bobby Portis on Tuesday.

    Randle is expected to start at PF as the big-ticket free agent signing, while Payton will compete for a starting job and Portis should see a hefty dose of backup minutes at the four and five. Ellington had a strong finish with the Pistons and could compete for a starting wing job. Coach David Fizdale was pretty unpredictable with his rotations last year, but we can't imagine Taj Gibson taking too many minutes away from the trio of Portis, Randle and Mitchell Robinson.

    Source: Knicks PR on Twitter

  • Elfrid Payton
    PG, New York Knicks

    Elfrid Payton has agreed to a two-year, $16 million deal with the Knicks.

    The Knicks continue to spend their money on short-term deals for mid-tier players, as they promised if they whiffed on the big names — as they did. Payton will battle Dennis Smith Jr. for playing time in what looks like a pure timeshare since neither has the shooting chops to play off-ball. It's going to crush the fantasy appeal for both players, though we'll wait to see how David Fizdale arranges things before writing Payton off entirely. He has a versatile stat set and can be an asset in rebounds, assists and steals with the occasional block or 3-pointer. The second year is reportedly a team option. The Knicks aren't getting big names, but they are giving themselves potential trade assets while keeping flexibility.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Elfrid Payton
    PG, New Orleans Pelicans

    According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Hornets have considered point guards like Elfrid Payton, T.J. McConnell, Ish Smith and Emmanuel Mudiay as free agent targets.

    That's an unfathomable downgrade with Kemba Walker set to join the Celtics and Charlotte receiving nothing in return. There will be lots of usage to go around in Charlotte and we'll assess everyone's fantasy value when the Hornets finalize their roster. The franchise is staring down a painful rebuild.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter