NY Knicks: Quentin Grimes a great example of bucking NBA draft trends

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Drafting and developing talent hasn’t come easy for the NY Knicks in recent years.

While the team has been able to find solid talent at different parts of the draft, they have failed at developing young talent more often than the average NBA team would like.

The team’s first-round rookie this year, Quentin Grimes, looks like he can already be a key part of this team’s future.

The NY Knicks hit on the Quentin Grimes pick

It can get muddy when you’re “anointing” players so early in their careers.

Just look at last year’s rookies Immanuel Quickley and Obi Toppin, not to say they aren’t great young players, but you can make the argument that they have regressed this season. That’s not to say it’s even their fault (It’s not) but rather, declaring rookies as “good picks” who don’t arrive in the manner of the Cade Cunninghams and LaMelo Balls of the world is tricky.

Yet, with Quentin Grimes, who the NY Knicks selected 25th overall in last year’s NBA Draft, there is are so many positives about his game that don’t feel like “projections” but rather, they feel like facts about his game.

He’s polished, he flashes extra potential, and upon watching him you realize that he simply looks like he belongs in this league.

So how were the NY Knicks able to nab him towards the end of the 1st round? Well, it looks like they were able to buck this NBA Draft trend.