2: Give Immanuel Quickley more minutes
No extension, no problem for Immanuel Quickley. It could become a big problem for the Knicks, but the young guard has put the past in the past and is focused on getting better.
He was New York’s best player on opening night, scoring 24 points (7-of-11 from the field), six rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 28 minutes. He rightfully earned a spot in the closing lineup.
When he entered the game for the first time, IQ recorded 10 points in 10 minutes. In the first half, his minutes were limited to 12. Considering how poorly the Knicks were shooting, Thibodeau giving Quickley more run before halftime would’ve been a nice adjustment.
New York was reluctant to pay IQ starter money, and his first game of betting on himself worked out perfectly. If he continues on this trajectory, his value will continue to shoot up. It could come back to bite the Knicks next summer if a team with cap space makes Quickley an offer that the front office is reluctant to match.
Before we get too ahead of ourselves and start looking toward next summer, Thibodeau must take advantage of having Quickley on his bench. He’s a spark plug that gets it done on both ends, and his energy will be needed during the team’s upcoming stretch.