“He’s good, he’s really good,” Knicks power forward Julius Randle said regarding Quentin Grimes after the team’s win over Sacramento on Monday night.
Randle may not be getting many positive headlines himself, but Grimes has been progressively making a positive impact on the team.
Ranging from his aggressive defense to his shooting capabilities, Grimes is quickly becoming one of the team’s primary scoring options off the bench.
Averaging 5.8 points, 1.7 rebounds, and shooting 40% of three-point range the season, the 21-year-old has made a lasting impact on head coach Tom Thibodeau and his teammates.
Ultimately, it’s all about mentality and what you do off the court to prepare for live action. Grimes takes practice very seriously, working diligently to improve his game so he can earn more minutes on the floor.
“If I’m bs-ing in practice, it’s not going to help me in the game, especially as a rookie.”
In the month of January, Grimes is averaging 21.3 minutes, his highest number since the start of his rookie season. He’s also averaging a season-high 7.7 points per game, 1.4 assists, and 2.2 rebounds in the month of January. His 43% shooting from range has benefited his squad tremendously.
“He competes on the defensive end, but I think he has a lot more to his game other than just shooting the ball,” Julius Randle said. “He can get in the lane. He can finish. He plays at a really good pace. And every time he shoots the ball, it looks like it’s going in.”