Immanuel Quickley’s the point guard Knicks have been yearning for

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At times, second-year guard Immanuel Quickley has shown that he can be the answer at point guard for the New York Knicks. The NBA’s changed over the past few years and point guards that can shoot the three-ball effectively have thrived.

Quickley’s already a lethal three-point shooter with a dangerous floater. If he can continue to develop his playmaking ability, the Knicks just might have their guy.

Immanuel Quickley’s ability to shoot the three for the Knicks is unquestionable

In today’s league, point guards need to be able to shoot the three. Having a PG that can shoot helps to space out the floor because it allows for other players to drive to the basket easier. We’ve seen point guards like Steph Curry, Damian Lillard, and Trae Young do a great job of spacing the floor out because of their lethal 3-point shot.

When Quickley is on the court, he helps to space the floor for New York. Knicks fans have become accustomed to seeing Quickley launch 30-foot 3-pointers and actually make them. Over his last ten games off the bench he’s averaged:

  • 25.8 minutes
  • 14.4 points
  • 3.3 assists
  • 40.4% 3-point percentage

Quickley is great in his current role as sixth-man for the Knicks, but it’s unfair to keep him in that position if he continues to put up similar numbers.

Last season, Quickley scored 21.2 points per 36 minutes. It’s as clear as daylight that when Quickley’s on the court for New York, he produces at a very high rate.

Immanuel Quickley’s lethal floater has benefitted the New York Knicks

Quickley is a pure-scorer, and he can produce not only from behind the arc but in the paint as well. A huge part of Quickey’s game is his floater.

Since’s he’s a good three-point shooter, he usually has a lot of space to get to the basket with ease. We’ve seen the floater used effectively by other great point guards around the league (such as the players I mentioned earlier).

Knicks fans have fallen in love with Quickley’s floater because he’s been able to execute it in clutch moments on numerous occasions.

Analyzing Immanuel Quickley’s playmaking skills for the Knicks

Quickley came into the league as a shooting guard. This season, he’s been challenged with running the point for New York’s second unit since Derrick Rose has been out for the majority of the year.

With that being said, Knicks fans have seen the improvement of Quickley’s passing ability. The 22-year-old is currently averaging 6.8 assists per 100 possessions this season. He’s proven that he can get to the basket and toss up easy lob passes for his teammates to finish at the rim.

New York’s been looking for an answer at the point guard position for what feels like forever now. Maybe the guy who they’ve been looking for is already on their roster. Fans already know that Quickley’s a threat behind the 3-point line and that he has a solid floater.

If Quickley can continue to develop his playmaking ability, then he can most certainly be the point guard that the Knicks have been searching for.