Dan Besbris tackles the first post-mortem of the podcast teams-in-review season, the New York Knicks!
October 9, 2019, 1:52 amAnfernee SimonsSG, Portland Trail Blazers
Blazers' talk of the offseason Anfernee Simons came off the bench for 10 points, two rebounds, two assists and three treys in 21 minutes on Tuesday in a losing effort.
Simons is just 20 years old and didn't play college ball, but he's been getting talked up like crazy by his coaching staff lately. There may not be a log jam harder to break through than that of the Blazers' backcourt, so don't expect much from Simons for a while. Dynasty leaguers should be trying to acquire him now in case the hype is deserved. Another exciting young player, 24-year-old new Blazer Mario Hezonja posted 12 points, six boards, and two dimes in 20 minutes. He's got a chance to grab a good share of minutes off the bench this season.
July 1, 2019, 1:13 pmMaurice HarklessSF, Miami Heat
Moe Harkless will be dealt to the Heat when the offseason moratorium ends.
Harkless and Meyers Leonard will head to the Heat with Hassan Whiteside going to Portland. The move takes Whiteside's absurd $27.1 million salary off the books, and Harkless and Leonard will make about $22 million combined. That extra room will make completing the Jimmy Butler sign-and-trade much easier. As it stands, Harkless has a chance of starting for Miami, though there are more personnel moves to come. Currently his biggest threats to playing time look like James Johnson, Kelly Olynyk (who may be traded) and Derrick Jones Jr. Harkless was a top-150ish player last year and closed his season with a top-90 run. Don't forget about him. Back in Portland, Kent Bazemore, Rodney Hood, Mario Hezonja and Nassir Little should step into extra minutes, which helps their outlooks considerably.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 30, 2019, 10:53 pmMario HezonjaSG, Portland Trail Blazers
Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that the Blazers are signing Mario Hezonja to a one-year minimum deal.
As a four-year veteran, Hezonja should be making roughly $1.7 million. The Blazers get a solid role-player and will only be dinged for about $1.6 million on the cap with this move. Sneaky-good one as Hezonja has shown some flashes of upside in the past.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
April 10, 2019, 11:03 pmMario HezonjaF, New York Knicks
Mario Hezonja finished his first season in New York starting at PG and failing to score in Wednesday's loss vs. the Pistons.
Hezonja was mostly an afterthought off the Knicks bench for the majority of the season, finishing with top-270 value over the course of the season. That being said, he managed to post near top-110 in 9-cat, and top-50 value in 8-cat over his last two weeks, in what was essentially a showcase of sorts for the former top-5 pick. He has talent and a fantasy-friendly game to do something with it, but he needs consistent playing time in order to achieve it, and it is unclear if he will see that in the future with the Knicks.
April 10, 2019, 6:31 pmMario HezonjaF, New York Knicks
Mario Hezonja (illness) will start at point guard in Wednesday’s game against the Pistons.
Mario has had another disappointing season except for a few highlight plays against the game’s elite talent (block on LeBron James, dunk on Giannis Antetokounmpo). He will need to convince another team to take a chance on him next season as he has failed to show consistency on both ends of the floor on the NBA level. With that said, he may have another big night if he plays upwards of 33 minutes as he has done in the last three games. Starting at point guard for the Knicks may be a recipe for a Super Mario game.
Source: Stefan Bondy on Twitter
April 10, 2019, 2:05 pmMario HezonjaF, New York Knicks
Mario Hezonja (illness) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.
Hezonja was a late scratch on Tuesday, and if he sits again it'll be a real mix of bodies at the point guard spot — doubly so if Dennis Smith Jr. (questionable) can't play. John Jenkins and Billy Garrett could see some extra run if things break their way.
Source: NBA Injury Report
April 9, 2019, 7:32 pmMario HezonjaF, New York Knicks
Mario Hezonja (illness) has been scratched from Tuesday's lineup and Dennis Smith Jr. will start in his place.
DSJ is the last point guard standing for the Knicks, so we might see John Jenkins or Billy Garrett step into some more time tonight. Hezonja has been rolling of late so this is a really tough break. Hopefully he can return tomorrow.
Source: Knicks PR on Twitter
April 8, 2019, 12:08 pmMario HezonjaF, New York Knicks
Mario Hezonja is expected to start and play point guard for the Knicks' final two games of the season.
Hezonja has been spectacular over his last three games. His next opportunity to shine will be Tuesday versus the Bulls. He will be an attractive DFS option and for good reason.
Source: Ian Begley on Twitter
April 8, 2019, 12:15 amMario HezonjaF, New York Knicks
Mario Hezonja dropped 30 points on the Wizards in Sunday's win, going 12-of-21 from the field with six rebounds, five assists, two steals and three 3-pointers.
Hezonja started at point guard again, even with Dennis Smith Jr. (back) returning to the lineup. We're hesitant to say anything definitively with David Fizdale at the controls but Super Mario looks ready to rock for the end of the season. He's been great over the last few games and while he could just as easily go back to DNP-CD territory, we're buying Hezonja to finish this campaign.
April 5, 2019, 10:15 pmMario HezonjaF, New York Knicks
Mario Hezonja had the game of a lifetime scoring 16 points (no 3s) to go with 16 rebounds, 11 assists, a steal and four turnovers in Friday's blowout loss to the Rockets.
With the Knicks having no true point guards available to play on Friday, Hezonja played a game-high 42 minutes and was clearly amped to run point. He won't be this good on most nights but we're in the fantasy silly season and there's certain a lot worse fliers you could be using.
April 5, 2019, 1:11 pmMario HezonjaF, New York Knicks
Mario Hezonja is starting at point guard on Friday as the Knicks take on the Rockets.
Well, that's one way to mask the gluttony of injuries at the PG position. Super Mario is coming off a massive game on Wednesday and now gets a chance to be the primary ballhandler for a banged up Knicks squad. His arrow is pointing straight up.
Source: Stefan Bondy on Twitter
April 3, 2019, 10:04 pmMario HezonjaF, New York Knicks
Mario Hezonja started on Wednesday and led the Knicks in scoring with 29 points on 11-of-22 shooting while adding nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and a 3-pointer.
Hezonja was a DNP-CD in the game prior and even with only a week left to go in the season, coach Fizdale continues to swerve in any direction he pleases. It's too hard to pin down the Knicks outside of Mitchell Robinson and Luke Kornet right now so he's probably not worth picking up, but his performance tonight could have been more regular if Fizdale weren't so fickle.
April 3, 2019, 11:30 amMario HezonjaF, New York Knicks
Mario Hezonja will be the Knicks' starting power forward on Wednesday when they face the Magic.
Dave Fitzdale continues to experiment with his lineups and it’s unfortunate that he will now bench Luke Kornet who is coming off back-to-back impressive performances. Hezonja was a DNP-CD the last time the Knicks were in Orlando and he should be in for a revenge game tonight.
Source: Marc Berman on Twitter
The Knicks finally got something right -- it just involved a lot of losing.