Knicks’ Derrick Rose raves about stellar rookie Immanuel Quickley

New York Knicks, Derrick Rose

Coachability is something that must be present in players looking to take their game to the next level. For the New York Knicks, rookie Immanuel Quickley is already taking to the new system Tom Thibodeau has deployed. With an aggressive defensive style, Quickley is still finding his sea legs in the NBA, but he’s already flashed signs of great offensive prowess.

The Knicks acquiring Derrick Rose was an interesting move, but his relationship with Thibodeau and some of the coaches on the roster make him a mentor and a situational player. At 32 years old, Rose‘s best days are behind him, but he can still make an impact by helping Quickley reach his potential.

“It shouldn’t be too hard with him,’’ Rose said. “We’re similar. He’s getting double-teamed in his rookie year. There ain’t too many rookies getting that type of attention. For him to see that kind of early, it’s just going to make his game better. The game is going to slow down more. And he listens. That’s the greatest thing about him, he listens. With that, you always got room for improvement. He’s a dog. He’s a dog. I can’t explain it. You’ve got to be a player to understand it. We’re in a fight, I know he’s fighting.’’

The New York Knicks can still extract value from Rose on the court:

In Derrick’s first game as a Knick, he played 20 minutes and scored 14 points. He was adequate to start his second stint with New York, as Quickley played 21 minutes and scored seven points.

Rose offered the rookie plenty of advice, and as Quickley always does, he listened carefully to each and every word. The Knicks made this move to help mentor their young players, and what better person to do it than one of the best point guards of all time.

“He just stressed to me — first of all he gave me his number — said anything I need just hit him,” Quickley said. “But he sat down with me a little bit, me and Obi actually, just told us he’s here to help us, he’s here to help us grow and things like that. It’s good to get a chance to talk to him a little bit last night.”

Despite the motivating talk, the Knicks fell to the Miami Heat 98-96 on Tuesday evening. The game came down to the final moments, and it has become increasingly clear that New York struggles to close out games. They have a long way to go, but Thibodeau is laying out a strong foundation for them to build on, so I expect positive growth in the near future.

New York Knicks: Reality hit Immanuel Quickley in the face after showing promise

New York Knicks, Immanuel Quickley

The New York Knicks were flying high prior to facing off against the Oklahoma Thunder on Friday night. They had won five of their last six games, showing incredible aggression on defense and a surprising ability to score efficiently. Thanks to star power forward Julius Randle, the Knicks have become a team worth watching and won the opponents have to consider a threat. However, their defense simply collapsed against Oklahoma, giving up 101 points and scoring 89 themselves.

It seemed like a dud for head coach Tom Thibodeau‘s team, and might even say an anomaly. Oklahoma utilized 11 different players, seeing point production from three primary players, Al Hartford, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Hamidou Diallo. The Thunder shot collectively 43.7% from the field and 32.4% from beyond the arc, much better than the Knicks, who shot a measly 35.8% from the field. They received a majority of their points from Julius Randle, Elfrid Payton, and RJ Barrett. That has been a consistent trio for New York this year, but their young rookie guard saw reality smack him in the face after starting his career on a high note.

Former Kentucky standout Immanuel Quickley played in 17 minutes, his highest since their victory against the Atlanta Hawks. He shot a measly 1-for-9 and connected on one three-pointer over three attempts. He scored just three points, recording a -13 +/-.

Ultimately, Quickley has been a revelation for the Knicks thus far, showing his ability to weave in and out of traffic and score with efficiency. Despite one bad performance, Quickley is still a promising young player with the potential to be the Knicks’ starting point guard in the future. He’s a fantastic transition player, who I believe will pair well with Obi Toppin when he returns from a calf injury that has held him out over the past week-plus.

On the year, Quickley is averaging 13.8 minutes per game over five appearances, considering he dealt with the hip pointer injury earlier this year. He averages 6.6 points per game and only 1.6 assists. I would like to see him increase his vision on the court and pass the ball a bit more efficiently, but the Knicks are utilizing him as a point guard — more as a shooting threat from the outside. Thibodeau has committed to winning over player development, and while this could hold some youngsters back, it’s in the best interest of the team and fans.