NY Knicks: 3 reasons why Immanuel Quickley is the PG of the future

Immanuel Quickley, NY Knicks (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
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Immanuel Quickley, NY Knicks
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Immanuel Quickley’s shooting has helped the NY Knicks become winners

When the Knicks drafted Immanuel Quickley, no one really knew what to think.

In fairness, the bulk of the fanbase from what I saw was a lot happier with the Obi Toppin pick at #8 over the IQ pick at #25.

This may have had a lot to do with the inevitability that Julius Randle would be traded at some point during this current season and the Knicks were drafting his replacement in Toppin.

But as far as Quickley, he was seen as a middling 2nd rounder with some upside.

Nobody saw him coming.

Soon into the pre-season, Quickley absolutely took the league by storm.

In the current season, he’s shooting 39% from deep and that’s bound to get even better over time.

For the month of April alone, Quickley has shot nearly 45% from deep on almost 4 attempts per game.

When your offense runs through bulldozers like Julius Randle and RJ Barrett, you need a playmaking, 3-point marksman on the outside to set the table for those guys as well as be available to punish the defense when either of them kicks it out to the perimeter.

Immanuel Quickley fits that description.

In 2021, players like Quickley will thrive no matter what and will always have a spot on a roster.

Even if he suddenly became bad at everything else on the basketball court, he’ll always have his ability to shoot it from deep.

Recently he’s been hitting Steph Curry-esque shots from 30+ feet out and that’s another valuable weapon he’s beginning to develop.

When players took those shots 10 years ago, they’d get benched whether they made it or not.

Today, being able to drain it from anywhere past the half-court line is becoming more and more common.

IQ will always be dangerous.