What about Frank?
Then there is Frank, who’s main issue is his lack of aggressiveness on offense. The confidence and tenacity he plays with on defense doesn’t translate to the other side of the court. He is too timid, doesn’t get into the paint enough and passes up too many open shots.
The reality is that his current skillset would standout on a team with great wing scorers that can bend a defense at will. But on a team void of stars like the Knicks, every player on the court needs to be a threat to score.
When Quickley came on the scene, the first thing I thought was, “this kid is doing everything I wish Frank would have done for the past 3 years.” On defense, Quickley is not as good as Ntilikina, but he is still a plus defender, which is more than enough.
The other issue is that even though the coaching staff thinks he is more suited to play off-the-ball, there isn’t a spot for him there either. Barrett is leading the NBA in minutes played with an average of 38.8 minutes per game, then there is Bullock and Burks, the two outside shooting wing vets that deserve minutes too.