The New York Knicks-Donovan Mitchell saga coming to a close was a relief to many fans, despite Mitchell trading with the Cleveland Cavaliers. For those who were hoping to see a three-time All-Star in New York, one thing you can still be happy about is the fact that none of the Knicks’ young players have been traded in the Jazz.
Utah was rumored to introduce RJ Barrett, Obi Toppin and Immanuel Quickley in trade talks, and reportedly included a New York show Both Barrett and Tobin. At the end of the day, the three players remained in New York City and Barrett signed a four-year, $120 million extension.
The Knicks can move on now that it’s official that Mitchell won’t be calling MSG home anytime soon. Some fans may still be disappointed, which is understandable, but it is important not to forget About one player in particular. It was Quickley busy mood And he could end up playing a big role for New York in 2022-23.
Quickley, entering his third season in the NBA, has often been compared to Kentucky teammate Therese Maxi. Maxey was the 21st pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and Quickley was the 25th pick. The similarities don’t end there, as both players went to teams in the Atlantic Division.
Maxey had more success with the Philadelphia Sixers, but he also had more playing time than Quickley.
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Maxi arrived fully on the scene with The Sixers in 2021-22, as Average 17.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists while shooting 48.5% from the field and 42.7% from the three-point streak in 75 games (74 starts). while, Quickley averaged 11.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists while shooting 39.2% from the floor and 34.6% from the three-point line in 78 games (three starts).
What is the main difference between the players? The amount of time they spent in court. Maxey averaged 35.3 minutes per game and Quickley averaged 23.1 minutes. The fair argument is that if Quickley was in Philadelphia, he would put numbers similar to Maxey’s.
Honestly, Quickley could have put up better numbers in 2021-22 if Tom Thibodeau had chosen to let him serve as a starting point guard for the Knicks rather than Alec Burks. At the end of the year when Quickley got a Chance to play morerecord two triples of doubles.
In the victory over the Orlando Magic on April 3, Quickli made history as the second youngest player in the organization’s history to score a hat-trick, which happened to be his first.
Maxi’s performance last season has been gaining more attention, especially since the Sixers I made it to the playoffs. In 12 preseason games in Philadelphia, the 21-year-old averaged 20.8 points, 3.9 assists, and 3.5 rebounds while shooting 48.4% from the floor and 37.7% from three. Maxi has deserved every last bit of praise showered on him, although it would be nice to be on a team other than the Sixers.
Knicks fans know what Quickley brings to the table, but he could put the rest of the league on the know this season. With uncertainties surrounding Evan Fournier’s future in New York, the Quickli lecturer could jump in 2022-23, but that’s something that has to happen regardless.
Watching Quickley and Maxey face each other at Christmas is another reason to circle the December 25 game on your calendar. Don’t sleep on IQ.