Knicks’ Immanuel Quickley is developing into a solid point guard

Immanuel Quickley caused quite a stir in his rookie year.

His turn from a jinxed sophomore start to this sophomore revival as a point guard was not glamorized because of the Knicks’ lost season.

But it’s real. And Quickley shows he could certainly be at least a solid backup point guard. Last season, Quickley shone as a microwave goalscorer, free throw ace, and 3-point threat.

Quickley’s two games in the last 23 seconds of Monday’s 109-104 win over the Bulls weren’t about points or shooting. Alec Burks’ game-winning 3-pointer was set up by the Knicks backup point guard.

Quickley drove down the right lane, jumped in the air, and shot a perfect ball pass to Burks in the left corner. Burks drilled the catch-and-shoot 3 for a game-changing four-point lead. On subsequent possession, Quickley drew a charge against Bulls star DeMar DeRozan to end things and give the Knicks their fourth straight win.

Knicks guard Immanuel Quickley (5) reacts as Chicago Bulls head coach Billy Donovan, left, walks to the Bulls' bench during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 28, 2022.
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Quickley appeared on MSG Networks’ postgame show but was not specifically asked about the pass. Instead, he talked about his new level of comfort leading the point.

“Man, hours of film, so much film, watching where I can be better, watching other great players and trying to learn as much as possible,” Quickley said. “I come with an open mind to get better. The guys around me help me and so do the coaches. It’s a great system we have.”

Speaking to the media last after clinching victory in Miami on Friday night, Quickley said it wasn’t necessarily a fact that he got off to a bad start.

“That’s a different opinion,” Quickley said. “You could say it started slowly for me. I know my shot didn’t go down as much as I’m used to, but I feel like I played well. I have read. I played defence.”

Quickley scored 20 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter of the Miami thriller. And he continues to produce from the bank. Over the past 18 games, Quickley has shot 42.5 percent from 3-point range, averaging 10.6 points. That raised his average to a still-modest 34.5 percent.

Knicks guard Immanuel Quickley speaks to the press after a game against the Miami Heat at FTX Arena on March 25, 2022 in Miami.
Knicks guard Immanuel Quickley speaks to the press after a game against the Heat.
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Tom Thibodeau reckons pulling fouls was his calling card last season, and it’s been happening again since the All-Star hiatus.

Quickly was a master at socializing what the NBA calls “non-basketball moves” in his rookie year. However, Quickley has been receiving every kind of call lately.

“Quick, he’s jerking into his shooting motion,” said Thibodeau. “That’s how he was in college. So I liked the way he played in the college game. He had that ability and free throws are very valuable. He’s a guy who helped you get into the bonus quickly, no pun intended. There was an adjustment period. He didn’t capitalize on the doubts of those calls, but then he found various ways to pull fouls. Good players do that.”

SG Quentin Grimes will miss Wednesday’s game against the Hornets with a sore right knee. This is the third game in a row Grimes will miss, having recently returned from a dislocated right knee. Knicks’ Immanuel Quickley is developing into a solid point guard


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