This summer has been enticing but exhausting for New York Knicks fans. With that being said, there are still questions remaining about the team that haven’t been answered as of late.
The biggest question that remains is where players such as Obi Toppin and Immanuel Quickley fit into the rotation, with players such as Julius Randle, Evan Fournier, and Quentin Grimes all battling for time at their respective positions.
However, on Friday, we get some promising insight into what this season may look like in Manhattan. SNY’s Ian Begley had the scoop:
It’s Immanuel Quickley’s time to shine in the bright lights at MSG with Knicks
This is exciting news for not just Quickley, but Knicks fans as well. The time has come for Immanuel Quickley to receive more minutes.
After two promising seasons in the league, Quickley found success after the All-Star break and contributed in a major way that seemingly has made New York officials want to expand his role with the team going forward.
This would be an interesting move for the Knicks since the 2020 draft class is eligible for extensions next summer. I’m not saying that Quickley will get one, but should he exceed the Knicks’ expectations this season, it could be a potential outcome and something to consider heading into next offseason.
Not only is Quickley a capable scorer, but he’s also a quality playmaker. His most notable game last season came against the Toronto Raptors when he dropped 34 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists in the final game of the regular season at MSG.
With an expanded role heading into this season, we could see this type of performance replicated more often.
This would be a smart move for the Knicks going forward. Quickley has shown a sample size of what he’s capable of in the NBA, but now it’s time to see it on full display.
Not to mention, Quickley posts great numbers from a plus/minus perspective, even if he isn’t scoring. Pairing him alongside Obi Toppin brings one of the most efficient duos in the NBA.
Despite SNY’s report about Quickley’s expanded role, it is important to note what this would mean for Evan Fournier and Quentin Grimes. Though the report states that Quickley’s role will be increased, it doesn’t state that he would be included in the starting lineup.
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Fournier got the start last year, but if Grimes and Quickley are both expected to see increased roles (Grimes increased role is assumed since the Knicks refused to include him in trade talks) then Fournier could get a back seat in the rotation.
I’d personally like to see this happen. Ideally, Grimes would get to start with Quickley as the first man off the bench followed by Fournier. Grimes fits the mold of the starting lineup as a key defender and spot-up shooter.
Fournier would be a solid bench piece as he’d have the opportunity to torch other team’s bench units as a lethal three-point shooter.
Training camp starts next week, but until then we won’t have the answers to these burning questions.
Knicks fans are optimistic about the current state of the team. With solid cornerstone pieces and solid depth at every single position, it’s unknown what kind of heights this team will reach.