Isaiah Hicks will play for the New York Knicks on a two-way contract for a second consecutive season. He spent the 2017-18 campaign between the G League and the main roster, earning consistent praise for his flashes of potential.
If Hicks plays well at Summer League, it stands to reason that the time he spends on the main roster will be maximized and coveted by head coach David Fizdale.
Standing at 6’9″ and 242 pounds with a 7’1″ wingspan, Hicks certainly measures as a prototypical 4 or small-ball 5. He averaged 2.0 blocks per game for the Westchester Knicks, which implies that he has the raw potential to be something of a rim protector.
Hicks didn’t offer much resistance at the rim during his brief main roster tenure, but there’s certainly something to work with on defense.
Offensively, he averaged 12.0 points and 2.4 assists per 36 minutes on 45.8 percent shooting during his 18 games with New York. That’s a reflection of his ability to score inside, create from the high post, and even operate from midrange.
Hicks has areas in which he must improve, but he has the physical tools and skill level to develop into one of Fizdale’s most trusted bigs