New York Knicks — Grading the pick: Quentin Grimes

Quentin Grimes, NYew York Knicks. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
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New York Knicks — Quentin Grimes fit grade: A-

It’s hard to find an NBA team where Quentin Grimes wouldn’t fit. He’s going to be a lights-out shooter for a long time. On a Tom Thibodeau team, it makes a ton of sense.

The words frequently brought up in Quentin Grimes profiles are “hustle” and “gritty.” He’s a strong-bodied player who has the potential to guard multiple positions at the next level.

The Knicks’ biggest need are players who can create offense – ball-handlers who can find their own shot. There might be room for Grimes to continue to grow into an all-around scorer, however, he’s more of a spot-up shooter at this point and doesn’t get to the rim very much.

However, even though the Knicks were 4th in the NBA in 3-point percentage last season, they may have to replace a few sharpshooters who have become free agents: Reggie Bullock and Alec Burks.

That’s where adding Quentin Grimes becomes really valuable. Grimes shot 40.3% from 3 on over 8 attempts per game last season. It’s easy to see the 21-year-old earning a role in just his rookie year. New York doesn’t have anyone on their roster equipped to defend high-level guards, and if Quentin Grimes can do that, it’s a huge addition to their team defense.

We still don’t know what New York will do in free agency. It seems likely that they will add more talent along the perimeter to address the shot creation issues from last season.

Quentin Grimes gives them someone who can be valuable on both ends of the floor. His shooting alone will get him in the lineup, and he could become a key part of Tom Thibodeau’s rotation for years to come. He could be just scratching the surface of his game on offense.

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