New York Knicks Player News: All Positions

News: Robinson is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Spurs due to a right ankle sprain.
Impact: It's unclear when Robinson suffered the ankle sprain, but his status for the season opener is suddenly in question. Robinson will likely end up being a game-time decision Wednesday, but in the event he is unable to play, Bobby Portis would be in line to start at center.
News: Gibson (calf) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Spurs.
Impact: Gibson has been dealing with a sore right calf for the last few days and has been unable to practice. There doesn't appear to be much concern regarding his health, Gibson will likely end up being a game-time decision come Wednesday.
News: Gibson (calf) was held out of Monday's practice, Chris Iseman of The Bergen Record reports.
Impact: Gibson, who's dealing with a sore right calf, didn't practice Monday. While the injury didn't appear to be too severe initially, the missed practice doesn't bode well for Gibson's availability in Wednesday's season opener against San Antonio. He can be considered a game-time decision pending an official update on his status.
News: Payton had six points (3-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt), four assists, three rebounds, and one block in 17 minutes during Friday's 117-116 loss to the Pelicans.
Impact: Payton came off the bench, finished with more turnovers (five) than assists, and played limited minutes compared to starting point guard Dennis Smith, who saw 31 minutes. Payton got off to a good start in the preseason and appeared to have a chance of snagging the starting gig, but now it seems that Smith has won out, at least for now. As such, Payton may also have to battle with Frank Ntilikina for backup minutes unless the latter ends up shifting to shooting guard.
News: Smith supplied nine points (2-12 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-6 FT), nine rebounds, six assists, two steals, and one block in 31 minutes during Friday's 117-116 loss to the Pelicans.
Impact: Smith drew the start and saw significantly more playing time than Elfrid Payton, who logged 17 minutes. Smith turned in a well-rounded line of counting stats but struggled with his shot. Nevertheless, he seems to have the starting point guard gig locked up. Frank Ntilikina received the night off, and he and Payton could push Smith for minutes if he doesn't impress coach David Fizdale. Still, Smith looks like the player to own among those three.
News: Robinson recorded 10 points (5-8 FG), seven rebounds, four blocks, and one steal in 21 minutes during Friday's 117-116 loss to the Pelicans.
Impact: Robinson showcased the good and bad in his game, nearing a double-double while contributing on the defensive end with a bunch of blocks and a steal. However, he also committed five fouls despite seeing fairly limited minutes. Fantasy owners will have to hope the foul trouble doesn't become a consistent trend for Robinson so that he can build on his impressive rookie campaign.
News: Barrett collected 19 points (9-12 FG, 1-1 3Pt), six rebounds, three assists, and one block in 36 minutes during Friday's 117-116 loss to the Pelicans.
Impact: Barrett was extremely efficient offensively while turning in a very well-rounded stat line. It's perhaps unwise to draw too many conclusions from preseason, but it's at least possible that even as a rookie Barrett will be the second option behind Julius Randle.
News: Gibson is dealing with a sore right calf and will not play Friday against the Pelicans.
Impact: The veteran will get the night off. He should be ready in time for the regular season opener Wednesday against the Spurs.
News: Morris will come off the bench Friday against the Pelicans, Chris Iseman of The Bergen Record reports.
Impact: Morris started Wednesday's contest against the Hawks. In three preseason games, he's averaging 30.7 fantasy points across 25.7 minutes.
News: Portis will come off the bench Friday against the Pelicans, Chris Iseman of The Bergen Record reports.
Impact: Portis started Wednesday as coach David Fizdale continues to tinker with his lineup. In two preseason appearances, he's averaged 26.6 fantasy points across 30.1 minutes.
News: Robinson will start Friday's preseason finale against the Pelicans, Chris Iseman of The Bergen Record reports.
Impact: Robinson came off the bench during the previous game as coach David Fizdale toys with lineup options. Through three preseason games, Robinson is averaging 4.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.0 assist across 19.0 minutes.
News: Ellington is starting Friday's preseason game against the Pelicans, Steve Popper of Newsday reports.
Impact: Ellington isn't expected to open the season in a starting role, though he'll get an opportunity Friday to prove that he deserves to play a key role in the rotation. He'll start alongside Dennis Smith, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle and Mitchell Robinson.
News: Coach David Fizdale said Ntilikina will not play in Friday's preseason finale against the Pelicans, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports.
Impact: It appears that Ntilikina's absence is nothing more than a coach's decision by Fizdale, as the point guard is not dealing with any sort of injury. Rather, Fizdale wants to get a good look at how his top two point guard, Dennis Smith and Elfrid Payton, work as a pairing. Ntilikina is expected to be active for the regular-season opener Wednesday in San Antonio.
News: Randle recorded 20 points (6-12 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 7-9 FT), eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and one steal in 35 minutes during Wednesday's 100-96 loss to the Hawks.
Impact: Randle didn't need a lot of shots to make his mark offensively and chipped in more than usual on the defensive end as well. His lack of wingspan, awareness, and effort on that end typically dooms his ability to accumulate steals and blocks, but perhaps he'll be more devoted to improving in those regards this season. Regardless, barring something unforeseen taking place, Randle figures to be the most consistent offensive option for the Knicks in 2019-20.
News: Ntilikina had two points (1-4 FG, 0-2 3Pt), three rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and one steal in 21 minutes during Wednesday's 100-96 loss to the Hawks.
Impact: Ntilikina had been dealing with a groin injury but was healthy enough to give it a go in this one. He's still a work in progress on both ends, particularly offensively, but Ntilikina's defensive versatility could allow him to see minutes at multiple positions this season.
News: Knox collected 11 points (2-8 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 5-6 FT), two rebounds, and two assists in 20 minutes during Wednesday's 100-96 loss to the Hawks.
Impact: Knox was among the least efficient players in the league as a rookie last year, as he played heavy minutes and was asked to do too much on a team lacking much talent along the wing. The Knicks aren't expected to be much better this season, but the plethora of pieces added in the offseason likely means less minutes and less responsibility for Knox heading into his sophomore season. While this could result in a step back in terms of per-game counting stats, Knox might be in a much better position to develop and display some semblance of efficiency.
News: Robinson will come off the bench in Wednesday's preseason game against the Hornets, Ian Begley of SportsNet New York reports.
Impact: Robinson had started the team's first two exhibition games, tallying eight points, 10 rebounds, four blocks, two assists and a steal across 40 minutes. Bobby Portis is starting alongside Julius Randle in this one.
News: Allen (foot) is available to play in Wednesday's contest against the Hawks.
Impact: Allen has been dealing with a nagging right foot strain for the past couple of weeks but will be available for coach David Fizdale and the Knicks if needed. Allen appeared in 19 games last season with the Knicks, averaging 9.9 points and 4.0 rebounds.
News: Knox (calf) is available for Wednesday's preseason game against the Hawks.
Impact: As expected, Knox has been cleared to play in Wednesday's exhibition after returning to practice earlier in the week. Knox played 29 minutes in the team's first preseason game, finishing with 12 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal.
News: Trier (neck) is available to play Wednesday against Atlanta.
Impact: Trier was limited in practice this week due to a neck strain but will reportedly be available to play in Wednesday's exhibition contest.
News: Ntilikina (groin) will play Wednesday against the Hawks, Chris Iseman of The Bergen Record reports.
Impact: Originally listed as probable, Coach David Fizdale mentioned that Ntilikina will play significant minutes Wednesday despite coming off a lagging groin injury. The guard averaged 5.7 points across 43 games played with New York last season.
News: Smith is starting at point guard in Wednesday's preseason game against the Hawks, Ian Begley of SportsNet New York reports.
Impact: Smith will play in New York's final two preseason games after missing the team's first two exhibition contests due to a back injury. Coach David Fizdale noted earlier in the week that Smith's performance over the next two games will significantly factor into who starts at point guard, though he might not have to do much to secure that role given the struggles of Elfrid Payton and Frank Ntilikina thus far.
News: Portis is in the starting lineup for Wednesday's preseason contest against Atlanta, Ian Begley of SportsNet New York reports.
Impact: Robinson will be starting over teammate Mitchell Robinson and figures to play a good chunk of minutes versus the Hawks on Wednesday.
News: Knox (calf) is listed as probable for Wednesday's preseason game against the Hawks, Ian Begley of SportsNet New York reports.
Impact: Knox was a limited participant in Monday's practice due to a strained right calf, but he fared well in Tuesday's practice session and is now on track to play in New York's upcoming exhibition.
News: Ntilikina (groin) is considered probable for Wednesday's preseason game against the Hawks, Steve Popper of Newsday reports.
Impact: Ntilikina was held out of practice Monday due to groin soreness, but after taking part in Tuesday's session, the expectation is that he'll take the court Wednesday.
News: Trier (neck) is considered probable to play in Wednesday's preseason game against the Hawks, Ian Begley of SNY reports.
Impact: Trier was able to go through a full practice Tuesday, and the Knicks anticipate that he'll be back on the floor for their penultimate exhibition contest. New York finishes out the preseason Friday against New Orleans.
News: Trier was a limited participant in Monday's practice due to a strained neck, Chris Iseman of The Bergen Record reports.
Impact: The severity of Trier's neck strain is unclear, though the fact he was able to participate in some capacity Monday is positive. He can be considered day-to-day going forward and if he's forced to miss Wednesday's game against the Hawks, look for Ignas Brazdeikis and Damyean Dotson to pick up some extra minutes.
News: Knox was limited in practice Monday.
Impact: Knox, who is currently dealing with a strained calf, was yet again a limited participant in practice for the second straight day. While his calf injury still appears to be ongoing, Knox should be considered questionable for Wednesday's contest against the Hawks.
News: Allen was limited at practice Monday.
Impact: Allen continues to be a limited participant at practice after suffering a strained foot earlier in the preseason. The former second-round pick should be considered day-to-day moving forward.
News: Ntilikina didn't practice Monday due to a sore groin, Chris Iseman of The Bergen Record reports.
Impact: Ntilikina appears to be experiencing groin soreness following Friday's preseason loss to the Wizards. Considering he missed 33 of the final 35 games last year due to a groin strain, the Knicks' coaching staff is likely treating Ntilikina's injury with extreme caution. Consider him a game-time decision for Wednesday's preseason tilt with the Hawks.
News: Allen (foot) was limited at practice Sunday.
Impact: Allen dealt with a strained foot earlier in the preseason, but he was back on the practice floor just a few days ago, so it's possible the team is just being cautious.
News: Dotson (shoulder) went through a full practice Sunday.
Impact: This is an encouraging development for the Knicks, who initially expected that Dotson would be sidelined for the entire preseason. Dotson was able to put in a full practice Sunday, which bodes well for his chances to play Wednesday against Atlanta.
News: Knox (calf) went through a limited practice Sunday.
Impact: Knox is still battling the strained calf that's limited him throughout the preseason, and he should be considered firmly questionable for Wednesday's game against Atlanta.
News: Smith (back) is expected to play in the Knicks' final two preseason contests, Ian Begley of SportsNet New York reports.
Impact: According to coach David Fizdale, Smith's performance will significantly factor into who starts at point guard. Considering Elfrid Payton and Frank Ntilikina have shot a combined 7-for-31 in two preseason games, Smith might not have to do much to earn that role.
News: Portis (ribs) turned in 13 points (3-9 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 7-8 FT), nine rebounds, three assists and one block across 30 minutes during the Knicks' 115-99 preseason loss to the Wizards on Friday.
Impact: Portis turned in a solid showing off the bench despite some shooting struggles, which may have partly been a byproduct of his recent rib injury. The fifth-year big is set to serve as the primary backup at both frontcourt spots and is coming off a season where he set career highs in points (14.2) and rebounds (8.1) across 50 games with the Bulls and Wizards.
News: Randle managed 14 points (4-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 5-5 FT), eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block across 29 minutes during the Knicks' 115-99 preseason loss to the Wizards on Friday.
Impact: Randle's line was representative of his diverse skill set and exemplifies why the Knicks valued him this offseason. The sixth-year pro is an offensive force that also provides plenty as a rebounder and even as a facilitator, and he should make for an excellent offensive complement alongside the more defensive-minded Mitchell Robinson down low this coming season.
News: Barrett managed 15 points (6-15 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 35 minutes during the Knicks' 115-99 preseason loss to the Wizards on Friday.
Impact: The rookie has gotten the preseason off to an excellent start, averaging 16.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists over his first pair of exhibitions. Barrett is in line for a robust role right from the jump in his first pro season, and if his caliber of play thus far is any indication, he's ready for the responsibility.
News: Morris registered 21 points (8-13 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds and one steal across 31 minutes during the Knicks' 115-99 preseason loss to the Wizards on Friday.
Impact: Morris turned in an impressive effort on both the scoreboard and the glass, providing a glimpse of what he might be able to provide as the starting power forward during the regular season. The veteran has been razor sharp in the early going of the exhibition slate, having drained 14 of his 25 attempts in two preseason tilts against the Wizards.
News: Ellington (illness) will be available to play in Friday's game against the Wizards.
Impact: Ellington's status was up in the air after he failed to practice Thursday due to illness, but the team has since given him the green light.
News: Portis (ribs) has been cleared to play Friday against Washington.
Impact: Portis was held out of his team's last preseason matchup with a bruised rib, but he feels good enough to play in Friday's contest.
News: Smith (back) has been ruled out for Friday's preseason game against the Wizards, Ian Begley of SportsNet New York reports.
Impact: Smith will be held out of Friday's exhibition after being listed as doubtful due to a back strain. His next chance to take the court will come Wednesday against Atlanta.
News: Knox (calf) won't play in Friday's preseason game against Washington, Ian Begley of SportsNet New York reports.
Impact: Knox was listed as questionable after being limited during Thursday's practice, and he's unsurprisingly been ruled out for Friday's matchup, likely as a precaution. He'll have a few more opportunities to take the court in the preseason.
News: Hinton (groin) did not practice Thursday and has been ruled out for Friday's preseason game against Washington.
Impact: There's still been no timetable on Hinton's recovery timetable, but he likely will not be returning to the court soon given the nature of the injury. However, until the Knicks do provide more details, he'll be considered day-to-day.
News: Wooten did not practice Thursday due to a sprained left ankle and has been ruled out for Friday's preseason game against the Wizards.
Impact: It's unclear when exactly Wooten picked up the injury, but the Knicks apparently will not force the rookie back out on the floor. The good news for Wooten is the Knicks don't play again until next Wednesday against the Hawks.
News: Knox (calf) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice and is listed as questionable for Friday's preseason outing against Washington.
Impact: Knox popped up on the injury report Wednesday when he missed practice due to a strained right calf. He appears to at least be trending in the right direction with his limited participation Thursday, but his status for Friday is certainly in question. The Knicks likely won't overwork Knox with the start of the regular season drawing closer.
News: Portis (ribs) is listed as probable for Friday's preseason game against the Wizards.
Impact: Portis missed Monday's exhibition with a bruised rib but is expected back Friday after putting in a full practice Thursday.
News: Ellington (illness) did not practice Thursday and is listed as questionable for Friday's preseason game against the Wizards.
Impact: This was Ellington's second straight absence from practice due to illness, and it remains unclear exactly what the shooting guard is battling. Even if Ellington does play Friday, his minutes will likely be restricted.
News: Smith (back) was limited in Thursday's practice and doubtful for Friday's preseason game against the Wizards.
Impact: It's definitely encouraging that Smith was limited for the second straight day, but it comes as no surprise that the Knicks are going to continue to be cautious with the point guard during the preseason. Smith's workload will likely continue to increase as the regular season approaches.
News: Smith (back) was limited in Wednesday's practice.
Impact: Smith has been sidelined this past week with a lower back strain, but being able to be limited in practice is certainly a step in the right direction. The Knicks, however, will likely continue to exercise as much caution as possible with the young point guard during the preseason.
News: Hinton did not participate in Wednesday's practice due to a strained left groin.
Impact: It's unclear exactly when Hinton suffered the injury, as he most recently did not practice and play due to personal reasons. Consider Hinton questionable for Friday's preseason outing against the Wizards.
News: Ellington did not practice Wednesday due to an illness.
Impact: The specifics regarding Ellington's illness are unclear at this time. Consider him questionable to play in Friday's preseason game against the Wizards.
News: Knox did not practice Wednesday due to a strained right calf.
Impact: It's unclear when Knox picked up the injury, but coach David Fizdale downplayed the severity of the issue, calling it a light strain, according to Chris Iseman of The Bergen Record. He should be considered day-to-day ahead of Friday's preseason matchup against Washington.
News: Portis (ribs) was limited at Wednesday's practice.
Impact: Portis was a surprise inactive for Monday's preseason game due to a bruised rib, but the fact that he's back at practice Wednesday suggests the issue isn't anything overly serious. Consider Portis day-to-day ahead of Friday's exhibition game against the Wizards.
News: Allen (foot) returned to practice Wednesday.
Impact: Allen missed Monday's preseason game due to a strained lower foot, but the injury doesn't appear to be anything of concern.
News: The NBA won't issue Morris a suspension for the Flagrant 2 foul he committed Monday in the Knicks' preseason game against the Wizards, a league source told Steve Popper of Newsday.
Impact: Morris was ejected from the contest for swinging his elbow and bouncing the ball off the head of the Wizards' Justin Anderson in the third quarter of Monday's contest. The incident resulted in a sour ending to an otherwise productive outing for Morris, who poured in 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the fisrt half. With Morris apologizing to Anderson for the incident, the NBA apparently decided the 30-year-old's actions didn't warrant any further discipline. Morris started Monday's contest at small forward and may slot ahead of Kevin Knox on the depth chart at the position when the Knicks open their regular season Oct. 23 in San Antonio.
News: Knox tallied 12 points (5-12 FG, 2-6 3Pt), seven rebounds, an assist and a steal in 29 minutes Monday against Washington.
Impact: Knox didn't get the starting nod in New York's preseason opener, but he made an impact off the bench in a 104-99 victory. He appears to have the edge on Marcus Morris for the starting job, though he'll look to take a step forward during his second NBA season after shooting just 37 percent from the field last year.
News: Gibson collected 16 points (5-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-5 FT), nine rebounds and two assists over 19 minutes Monday against the Wizards.
Impact: Gibson put together an impressive line off the bench, coming within just one board of a double-double. He also showed off his range, knocking down a pair of treys on four attempts. Gibson is slated to serve as bench depth during the regular season.
News: Morris registered 17 points (6-12 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds and two assists over 19 minutes in Monday's preseason game against the Wizards.
Impact: Morris was playing well in his team's preseason opener, though he was slapped with a Flagrant 2 foul and ejected after hitting an opposing player in the head with the basketball. This likely won't help the veteran as he competes with Kevin Knox for the starting small forward job.
News: Barrett finished with 17 points (6-13 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-5 FT), seven rebounds and three assists over 39 minutes in Monday's preseason game against the Wizards.
Impact: Barrett saw the most minutes out of any Knick in his team's preseason opener, and although he started the game 0-for-3 from downtown, he ultimately found his stroke in a 104-99 victory. The rookie forward could see plenty of minutes in the preseason in order to acclimate him to the speed of NBA play.
News: Portis is out for Monday's preseason matchup against Washington due to a bruised left rib.
Impact: This is the first report of Portis' injury and it's currently unknown at the moment how severe it may be. For now though, consider him day-to-day moving forward.
News: Morris will start Monday's preseason game against the Wizards, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reports.
Impact: It's only the preseason opener, so David Fizdale could just be trying out one potential lineup, but it's worth noting that Morris is getting the nod over second-year forward Kevin Knox, who struggled in a significant role as a rookie.
News: Barrett will start Monday's preseason game against the Wizards, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reports.
Impact: The Knicks will go with Barrett and Elfrid Payton in the backcourt Monday, though Dennis Smith (back) will likely occupy the point guard spot when he's healthy. Regardless, it appears Barrett has an early hold on the starting shooting guard designation, as expected.
News: Hinton (personal) will not play Monday against Washington.
Impact: Hinton missed practice last Saturday due to a personal reason and it still appears to be hampering the guard. Hinton's next chance at returning to the floor will be Friday against the Wizards.
News: Allen (foot) is out for Monday's game against Washington.
Impact: Likely just a precautionary action taken by the Knicks, Allen will miss Monday's contest due to a lagging strained lower foot. Allen will likely be considered day-to-day moving forward.
News: Smith (back) will not play Monday against Washington, Ian Begley of SportsNet New York reports.
Impact: With Smith still ailing from a lower back strain, it's a no brainer that the Knicks decided to rest their guard for the preseason contest Monday. Smith will likely be considered day-to-day moving forward.
News: Hinton will miss Saturday's practice due to personal reasons.
Impact: Hinton will miss Saturday's practice due to an undetermined personal reason. Unless the issue continues, he should play in Monday's preseason tilt with the Wizards.
News: Allen won't practice Saturday due to a strained lower foot.
Impact: Allen, who averaged 9.9 points and 4.0 assists in 21.9 minutes across 19 games last year, will be held out of Saturday's practice due to a minor foot injury. He can be considered day-to-day heading into Monday's preseason game against Washington.
News: Smith will be held out of practice due to a lower back strain.
Impact: Smith appears to have tweaked his back at some point during the past week. The severity of the injury is unclear and Smith can be considered questionable heading into Monday's preseason game against the Wizards.
News: Robinson worked on his 3-point shot over the offseason and plans to shoot more threes during exhibition games, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reports.
Impact: Robinson didn't attempt a single shot from beyond the arc during his rookie campaign, but he made shooting from deep a point of emphasis over the offseason. "I worked on them all summer," stated Robinson. "Why work on something you're not going to use?" There's no guarantee he'll make an impact for the Knicks from downtown this season, but this aspect of his game will be worth monitoring heading into preseason games.
News: Dotson (shoulder) is expected to miss the entire preseason, Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Dotson is still working back from shoulder surgery in May, but the hope is that he'll be ready for the start of the regular season. Once healthy, Dotson may face an uphill battle for minutes after the Knicks added considerable wing depth in free agency and the draft.
News: Bullock (back) will be re-evaluated in early November, Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Bullock underwent back surgery in mid-July, and the team said Monday that he's making progress in his recovery. He won't be rushed back, however, and it appears the Knicks are prepared for him to miss at least the first few weeks of the regular season.
News: In an interview with SNY, Randle said he's continued to work on his outside shot throughout the offseason.
Impact: Randle, who signed with the Knicks in July as a free agent, is coming off of a year in New Orleans in which he shot 34.4 percent from beyond the arc on a career-high 2.7 attempts per game. The 24-year-old said he's comfortable working on the perimeter, and he was given the green light by coach Alvin Gentry. Randle plans to continue integrating the outside shot into his offensive package, but he also implied that he won't stray away from the bruising, aggressive style that led to a career-best 21.4 points per game last season. "I know what my bread and butter is at the same time, though," Randle said. "I'm not going to leave that."
News: Robinson has been nursing knee soreness at Team USA practices, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports.
Impact: Robinson has only been able to participate in two days of practice due to the injury, which isn't considered serious. As is almost always the case, players will exercise extreme caution when considering Team USA play. The situation is not expected to affect Robinson's availability for training camp.
News: Barrett will not play for Canada during the FIBA World Cup as he recovers from a mild calf strain suffered during Las Vegas Summer League, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: While Barrett will join the national team for training camp and team activities, he'll avoid participating in the games themselves as he looks to get healthy ahead of the NBA season. Barrett put up great raw numbers during summer league -- 16.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.0 block -- but he struggled shooting the ball, hitting just 37.3 percent of his field goals, 28.6 percent of his threes and 65.4 percent of his free throws. He figures to be a primary offensive option for the Knicks during his rookie campaign, though he'll have to fight for touches with Dennis Smith, Kevin Knox and Julius Randle.