July 16, 2020, 12:38 amMaurice HarklessSF, New York Knicks
Maurice Harkless did a bit of everything in 2019-20, recording averages of 5.8 points, 0.5 3s, 3.9 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 0.5 blocks in 23 minutes per game, allowing him to finish ranked 234/220 in 8/9-cat per-game value.
Harkless played 50 of his 62 gams this season with the Clippers and was just traded to the Knicks as part of the multi-team deal that allowed the Clippers to trade for Marcus Morris. Harkless has never been a notable scorer, but it's abillity to be a jack-of-all-trades player that allows him to hold some deep-league appeal in roto leagues. The Knicks appear interested in re-signing him this summer, but given we're talking about the Knicks here, nothing is certain until the ink is dry on the paper.
July 16, 2020, 12:21 amReggie BullockSG-SF, New York Knicks
After finally recovering from surgery to address a herniated disc, Reggie Bullock managed to end the 2019-20 season with top-250 value in 9-cat.
Bullock was only able to play in 29 games this season but thanks to his allotment of 23.6 minutes per game, he found a way to contribute to his club with averages of 8.1 PPG, 1.3 3PG, 2.3 RPG and 0.9 SPG. The Knicks picked up their team-option in Bullock's contract, so there's a good chance that the 29-year-old vet will be in a Knicks uniform at the start of 2020-21.
July 16, 2020, 12:12 amWayne EllingtonSG, New York Knicks
Wayne Ellington led the Knicks in 3-pointers made per game at 1.4 per contest, but the pure shooting specialist to top-350 value neighborhood in 8/9-cat scoring formats given his limited minutes and usage.
The 32-year-old Ellington was a forgettable footnote in 2019-20, with outclassing Kevin Knox in fantasy value as his only claim to fame, which if you think about it, isn't really saying much. There's not much to look forward from him in 2020-21.
July 16, 2020, 12:00 amTheo PinsonPG, New York Knicks
The Knicks claimed Theo Pinson off waivers in June, after he was cut by the Nets, finishing 2019-20 ranked 402/423 in 8/9-cat per-game value.
Pinson played 33 games for the Nets in his sophomore season, recording averages of 3.6 PTS, 1.7 AST and 0.5 STL in 11.1 minutes per game. The Knicks see something in Pinson as they opted to part with Allonzo Trier to make room for him. He's still considered as more of a developmental project and won't likely carry any fantasy value in 2020-21.
July 15, 2020, 11:00 pmIgnas BrazdeikisPF, New York Knicks
Rookie Ignas "Iggy" Brazdeikis played just nine games for the Knicks in his rookie season in 2019-20, recording averages of 1.9 PTS and 0.6 REB in 5.9 MPG.
Iggy is a project player and is worth more as a dynasty stash. You can look passed his top-490 finish in 8/9-cat formats and consider his body of work in the G League where he averaged 20.9 points and 1.9 3s per game.
July 15, 2020, 10:49 pmDennis 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.
July 15, 2020, 5:56 pmElfrid PaytonPG, 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.
July 15, 2020, 5:41 pmDamyean DotsonSG, New York Knicks
After starting in 40 out of 73 games and averaging a career-high 27.5 mpg in 2018-19, Damyean Dotson didn't log a single start and only saw 17.4 mpg as he finished outside the top-300 in per-game value.
Dotson posted 6.7 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.2 trifectas and 0.4 turnovers with .414/.362/.667 shooting splits in the limited amount of time he saw off the bench. At times, he was part of the rotation and saw around 20 minutes off the bench, but he fell out of the rotation altogether as the season rolled along. It was previously rumored that Dotson may have suited up for the Knicks for the last time as he is an impending restricted free agent and the Jazz, Warriors and Bucks are all teams that have expressed interest. Dotson will likely fill in as an off-the-bench rotation player for a contender in 2020-21. He will not be worth drafting in standard leagues.
July 15, 2020, 5:23 pmRJ BarrettSF, New York Knicks
The third overall pick in the 2019 draft, RJ Barrett, averaged 14.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.3 blocks, 1.1 threes and 2.2 turnovers in 30.4 mpg and finished the season with 259/323 per-game value (8/9-cat).
Similar to most rookies with high usage rates (24.0), Barrett struggled with his efficiency in his first season. He shot .402 from the field on 13 attempts, .320 from distance on 3.5 attempts and .614 from the free throw line on 4.5 attempts. This was the main reason why he finished outside the top-250 in per-game value in 8-cat formats. As he continues to learn the NBA game, Barrett has the ability to enter the standard league conversation. However, he is only worth a late-round flier in next year's drafts as there is no guarantee he will improve markedly season over season.
July 15, 2020, 5:12 pmFrank NtilikinaPG, New York Knicks
In his third year with the Knicks and the league, Frank Ntilikina averaged 6.3 points, 2.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.3 blocks, 0.8 threes and 1.2 turnovers in 20.8 mpg across 57 games with 26 starts.
The biggest improvement for Ntilikina was with his efficiency as he had career-bests in all the percentages (.393/.321/.864 splits). While these are still disappointing numbers, it is the area that needed to improve the most in order to enter the fantasy conversation. Ntlikina will enter the final year of his rookie contract in 2020-21 and has the opportunity to improve on his 233/248 per-game value in 8/9-cat leagues if he continues to improve his efficiency. Although Ntilikina was drafted as a point guard, he may end up playing more and more at small forward if the Knicks continue to go with Elfrid Payton.
July 15, 2020, 4:53 pmMitchell RobinsonC, New York Knicks
In his second season, Mitchell Robinson started in just seven out of a possible 61 contests but produced the highest per-game value of any player on the team with 82/54 value in 8/9-cat formats.
The Knicks gave fantasy GMs a real head-scratcher as they chose to start 35-year-old Taj Gibson over 21-year-old Robinson. This is especially surprising as the Knicks were out of contention early on in the year. Robinson is the most attractive Knicks player from a fantasy perspective as he was able to swat away 2.0 shots per game, good for seventh overall in the league. He also posted 9.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.6 turnovers on a league-leading .742 field goal percentage. He did not shoot well at the free throw line (.568) but only went to the line 2.4 times a contest. Robinson had an fourth-round ADP so he did disappoint fantasy GMs who drafted him with the thought that he would see a much larger opportunity after an impressive rookie season. Mitch-Rob looks like he will continue to be amongst the league-leaders in blocks and field goal percentage for years to come and could see his fantasy game explode if he is given more of a leash.
July 15, 2020, 4:36 pmTaj GibsonPF, New York Knicks
Taj Gibson averaged 16.5 mpg across 62 games in his first season for the Knicks and produced 277/266 per-game value in 8/9-cat leagues.
It surprised many that the Knicks chose to start Gibson over second-year player Mitchell Robinson, who only saw seven starts throughout the year. The former USC Trojan averaged 6.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.5 blocks and 0.8 turnovers while shooting .584 from the field and .732 from the charity stripe. The Knicks have a team option for Gibson for the 2020-21 campaign around $10M with $1M guaranteed. It may be in the team's best interest to move on from the 35-year-old in favor of developing young talent but Gibson could be retained if the team feels that he will help in the locker room as a veteran presence. Regardless, Gibson should not be expected to finish higher than the top-250 in any future seasons as he is past his prime.
July 15, 2020, 4:22 pmJulius RandlePF, New York Knicks
In his first season with the Knicks, Julius Randle led the team with 19.5 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.0 turnovers in a career-high 32.5 mpg on his way to 86/137 per-game value in 8/9-cat formats.
Randle had the stats that impress casual fans but he hurt fantasy GMs with his percentages (.460/.277/.733 splits) as well as his defensive stats (1.1 combined steals and blocks). Randle has had better shooting seasons but he has never produced on the defensive end with a career average of 1.2 defensive stats in 29.2 mpg. Randle is under contract for next season and can be expected to be leaned upon heavily again as the Knicks continue to rebuild. However, make sure to remember Randle's statistic limitations come next draft season.
July 15, 2020, 4:06 pmKevin KnoxSF, New York Knicks
In his second campaign, Kevin Knox saw his minutes decline by more than 10.0 minutes per game as he finished the year with 372/371 value in 8/9-cat leagues.
Knox saw his role diminish as he started in just four out of 65 games compared to 57 starts out of 75 opportunities in 2018-19. He appears to have a long way to go before he enters the fantasy radar with averages of 6.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.4 blocks, 1.0 threes and 0.7 turnovers on horrendous shooting (.359/.327/.653). The Knicks have already picked up Knox's third year option but it remains to be seen if the franchise will pick up the last year option of his rookie contract. Hopefully, Knox can change the narrative in his third season as he will still only be 21 years old.
July 15, 2020, 3:55 pmBobby PortisPF, New York Knicks
In his first season with the Knicks, Bobby Portis played in all 66 games but saw his minutes decline from 26.0 in 2018-19 to 21.1 in the 2019-20 season.
Portis was healthy throughout the season as he didn't miss a single game for the first time in his career. He finished just outside the top-225 in 8/9-cat leagues as his stat-set leaves much to be desired. His value is derived solely from his ability to score and rebound and that didn't change in 2019-20 as he posted 10.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.0 threes with .450/.358/.763 splits. His fantasy ceiling will continue to be limited as he only posted 1.5 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.3 blocks and 1.1 turnovers in 21.1 mpg. The Knicks have a $15.75M team option for Portis and it is unclear at this time whether they will choose to pick it up. Expect Portis to produce similar numbers for the Knicks or another team next season.