Knicks are seeing the best of Immanuel Quickley

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New York Knicks sixth man Immanuel Quickley has quickly (pun intended) rebounded out of his horrific slump and is playing very superb basketball over the past week.

His defensive skills have been relatively consistent all season long, but on the offensive side of the ball, the same cannot, he said. However, over his last four games, he has played tremendously on the side of the ball, that has brought him some trouble this season.

What stands out the most over these last four games for Quickley is his field goal and three-point percentages. For most of the season, Quickley has appeared to lack his trademark confident shooting trigger – especially from beyond the arc – even though Quickley himself has maintained a poised composure.

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Over these last four games, Quickley has regained that confidence, shooting the ball without hesitation from wherever he pleases.

While it is far from an ideal season for Quickley, who has also seen his name thrown around in trade rumors at various points this season, this recent stretch has shown that he is tremendously capable of being a threat offensively and at a consistent rate, which could transform him into a serious two-way juggernaut.

On the season, his true shooting is 54.2%, which is the lowest of his short three-year career. His three-point percentage (34.3%) and free throw percentage (84.9%) are both also career lows. However, if he continues to play at the pace he has been at recently, the numbers will go up, the team will succeed, and he could save his season from being completely lost from a development standpoint.

Last Wednesday, Quickley was asked how he felt after hitting his stride offensively. His response was a pure demonstration of his confident demeanor, which has been remarkable for a 23-year-old:

“Same I felt when I missed 10 threes in a row. It’s no different.”

Immanuel Quickley via SNY

Quickley will look to continue his red-hot shooting when he and the Knicks take on the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night in Dallas.


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