No. 3: Quentin Grimes should play more
This is the easiest call on the board: Quentin Grimes should play more, potentially as much as anyone else on the roster. He is a rising star in the NBA and the Knicks should take advantage and deploy him to the full extent of his powers.
That isn’t to say that Grimes is the best player on the Knicks, but his skillset fits perfectly in any lineup. He is a high-end wing defender, a knockdown shooter and has a growing repertoire of scoring ability, and given their roster construction the Knicks are going to need him to play a lot this season.
Last year, Basketball Reference estimates that Grimes played 65 percent of his minutes at shooting guard and 35 percent at small forward; those numbers may flip this year, as the middle of the roster shifts down to cover the loss of Obi Toppin and absorb the addition of Donte DiVincenzo. It also frees up minutes for the Knicks’ young guards to play more.
Grimes is now 23 years old and played 29.9 minutes per game last year; that number should creep well above 30, with Grimes likely starting at the 2 and playing minutes at the 3 with either Josh Hart or RJ Barrett at power forward.