Knicks Rumors: Quentin Grimes wows NY scouts; on radar for picks 19 & 21

NY Knicks, Quentin Grimes (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
NY Knicks, Quentin Grimes (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) /

We’re now roughly about a week away from the 2021 NBA Draft, and it’s still very much so up in the air in regards to what the Knicks are actually going to do.

Here are the facts: the Knicks have picks 19, 21, 32, and 58; they can use help at the point guard spot, the wing, and can potentially look into dating a center depending on what they plan on doing with Nerlens Noel.

Other than that, we as fans have absolutely no idea what they plan on doing at all this summer, as this front office and Leon Rose in particular have shown that they like to keep things pretty close to the vest.

The team recently worked out one of my personal favorites of this year’s class in Trey Murphy III, along with 3-and-D wing scorer, Quentin Grimes.

Marc Berman of the NY Post reported:

"The Knicks reportedly worked out Virginia swingman Trey Murphy III on Tuesday, but The Post has learned that another wing who can shoot and defend wowed team brass two weeks ago at their Tarrytown facility.Quentin Grimes, the 6-foot-4 shooting guard who transferred from Kansas to Houston in 2019, is on the Knicks’ radar with one of their first-round picks (No. 19 or No. 21) in the July 29 NBA draft.A month ago, Grimes was thought to be more likely to be selected in the very late first-round or early second round. The Knicks have the 32nd pick (second in the second round), but it looks doubtful Grimes, a junior, will still be there."

I’ve written about the viability of the Knicks perhaps considering Grimes before, but I haven’t heard a ton about him since Houston and Grimes were in March Madness’ Final Four.

Are Quentin Grimes and the Knicks a match made in heaven?

Grimes is a hard-nosed, gritty defender who has a propensity for shooting from long range.

Berman also went on to say:

"According to a source, the Knicks like Grimes’ size, shooting, and toughness on defense. He was one of three NCAA players this season to hit 100 3-pointers. He shot 40.3 percent from deep and he averaged 17.9 points.Grimes also is one of just two NCAA players who ranked in the top 10 in offensive and defensive rating, and scouts deem him as NBA ready."

Thibs said it himself…he wants wings and guys that can shoot and Grimes checks off both of those boxes.

I do question his potential fit on the Knicks because due to his height, he projects as more of a shooting guard rather than a small forward.

Right now, the backup shooting guard spot is occupied by last year’s rookie phenom, Immanuel Quickley.

Seeing how Thibs has a short leash for his rookies, I can’t see Grimes starting right away, so if he were selected could that mean young IQ could get a little bit of a promotion?

We shall see.

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