3. Fitting The System
New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale is aware of the trends in the modern NBA. He doesn’t believe in putting players in a box, but instead emphasizing strengths that may not fit a single traditionally defined position.
Isaiah Hicks is more of an interior tweener in the modern era, but that happens to be a strength in this situation—not a reason to shy away from him.
Hicks can play the role of a traditional 4 with his strength, athleticism, and length on defense. He can play relatively well above the rim and boasts a 7’1″ wingspan that enables him to cover ground on the defensive end of the floor.
Hicks hasn’t established himself as much of a shot-blocker in the NBA, but he has the physical tools to protect the rim at a high level.
With Kevin Knox projecting to be more of a hybrid forward, versatility in the frontcourt will be essential. Hicks would fit the bill, as he’s a true interior player, but has displayed a willingness to expand the range on his jump shot.
If Hicks proves capable of switching against the pick and roll, then it stands to reason that he could develop into the forward whom New York needs.