He only played 27 minutes and 1 ½ games. But rookie point guard Immanuel Quickley is the most popular pick in the first round of Knicks’ 2020 draft.
While the lottery poll continues to cure Obi Toppin from calf strain, Quickley returned from a hip pointer and scored nine points in 15 beautiful minutes in the Indiana 106-102 win on Saturday.
The Knicks ended their road trip 3: 3 on Monday in Atlanta with four games against Trae Young and the Hawks. The Knicks are the hottest NBA team in New York. And Quickley is the hottest rookie.
After an insightful preseason, Quickley did well in the first half of the season opener before being « hip-check » by Myles Turner.
Suspended four games in a row and was back at the scene on Saturday in Indy. On his return, Quickley ran the offensive with rare demeanor for a rookie, pulling fouls and hitting his lone 3-pointer. But the 25. Wahl in the design still has some rust.
« I felt like I played well individually, » said Quickley of Zoom after the shootaround in Atlanta on Monday morning. “I could have played a lot better, especially on the defensive. But as a team, I feel like we did pretty well and came back to a place where we lost. We made adjustments, corrected the adjustments in the meetings and in the movie and things like that, and we came out with a win. This is great for our team. ’’
Indeed, Quickley could be further ahead, especially since he wasn’t hampered by any summer league. But the silver lining is that he learned about Tom Thibodeau’s system of watching on the bench. In two games, Quickley averages 7. 0 points at 57 percent shooting, with 1. 5 templates.
« It was really frustrating just because I gained momentum and you got the feeling, » said Quickley. “You’re just trying to take the good with the bad and get better every day. I’ve seen a lot of film in my absence and I’ve met with the coaches to see how I can get better. ’’
Thibodeau now has to figure out a point guard rotation with Quickley back and Austin Rivers in his second game as a kink.
It’s a good problem for the surprising curtsey. Both Backup Point Guards are playing well, as is starter Elfrid Payton. Meanwhile, Frank Ntilikina (sprained knee) and Dennis Smith Jr. . (squashed quad) stay on the shelf – and probably look inside from the outside.
« For us 3-3, we know it’s a long season and we have to get better every day, » said Quickley. “To be honest, I’ve gotten close to pretty much all of the guys. I think this team is really tight. We love to be with each other. ’’
Quickley shoots well from 3-point range. He’s also a cute swimmer and a knack for pulling fouls. Quickley believes there are some traits he couldn’t fully display with John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats.
« I used a lot of my skills on the ball as [I didn’t show them], » said Quickley, who was slated to be the second round winner. « But in Kentucky you play five or six other NBA players, so you have to sacrifice. And I think that helped me a lot to get into the league. I can do more than one thing. I can’t just track or play on the ball, I can do both. Guard both. Coming from Kentucky was definitely an asset and I’m glad I made my decision there. ”
Quickley, 22, has reunited with four other former Kentucky players and his Wildcats assistant coach Kenny Payne, who originally taught him the art of contact drawing. Quickley was a career 89. 5 percent free throw shooter in two seasons in Kentucky.
« . « I feel like a good free throw shooter. I’m just trying to use how I get to the line and get simple baskets for myself and my team. « . ’’
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