Knicks: 3 reasons to believe Immanuel Quickley is legit

Immanuel QuickleyCredit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
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Dec 13, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; New York Knicks guard Immanuel Quickley (5) passes the ball during the second quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /

Did the New York Knicks find a steal in Immanuel Quickley?

It doesn’t take much to get New York Knicks fans excited. And I say this as a compliment. Imagine a team that is the butt of everyone’s jokes, who hasn’t been competitive in nearly a decade, and who has been downright awful of late, and they are still somehow one of the most popular teams in the league?! That’s the New York Knicks for you.

And the latest reason for hope among the unwavering fanbase is a young guard named Immanuel Quickley.

After making a series of trades on draft night, the Knicks ended up with the Kentucky product via the 25th pick originally owned by the Oklahoma City Thunder. New York gained an extra first round selection by trading Marcus Morris during last year’s trade deadline. They essentially turned that pick into the sharp-shooting Quickley, who is proving in the preseason that he can do more than just knock down a perimeter shot.

In New York’s 119-83 drubbing of Cleveland on Friday, the Twitter darling scored 22 points, while adding 5 assists and 5 steals.

His strong play has coach Tom Thibodeau considering him as a starting option to begin the season.

Is everyone getting too excited over a few preseason games? Or is there reason to believe Immanuel Quickley can be a legit prospect? Let’s explore.