I lived in New York for 9 years, from 2011-2020, and had some of the greatest times of my life. I was there for a Giants Super Bowl win against New England, a Rangers Stanley Cup Final, and a Mets World Series appearance. All of these events paled in comparison to the excitement New York felt when the Knicks were actually good for a hot second. This of course was in 2012 with the emergence of Linsanity and Carmelo’s triumphant return to NYC. With an 8-9 start to this season, the Knicks are starting to turn some heads again. They are doing so with a young lineup of misfits from other teams and draft picks. The one guy starting to turn heads this year for the Knicks is young PG, Immanuel Quickley.
Quickley gets his chance
A Kentucky product, coach John Calpari called his former student athlete “a hell of a pick” and “one of the great kids that I’ve coached.” During his sophomore season, Quickley led the Wildcats in scoring and was named the SEC player of the year. Subsequently, IQ was selected in the first round of the 2020 draft by Oklahoma City. He was then quickley (sorry) traded to the Knicks. With some early injuries to guards, Austin Rivers, Alec Burks, & Frank Ntilinka, 21 year old former Kentucky guard, Immanuel Quickley has started to log some quality minutes in the Knicks’ rotation.
In a 4 game stretch in mid-January, he averaged 25 minutes in coach Tom Thibodeau’s always ecstatic rotation. During that stretch he averaged 15.5 points with 4.5 assissts and about 3 rebounds per game. Not too bad for a guy who is supposed to be the 10th guy in the rotation. If you’re not impressed by the stats, take a look at some of his highlights. It’s impossible to not become a fan.
As guys start to get healthy again, Quickley is the odd man out. Alec Burks came back on 1/21 and Quickley’s minutes dropped to just 11. It’s only going to get worse as more return. But when Quickley is in the lineup, he will have to make the most of his time. The Knicks have a star waiting for his chance to shine when given the opportunity. If he doesn’t get more of an opportunity this season, there sure is a lot to get excited about with this guy for the future.
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