Willis Reed’s iconic Knicks NBA Finals warm-up jacket up for auction

A hobbling Willis Reed inspiring the New York Knicks to an incredible Game 7 win for their first NBA championship in 1970 is undoubtedly the greatest moment in franchise history.

Owning a piece of that iconic moment would be priceless for a die-hard Knicks fan.

The warm-up jacket that Reed has worn before that game and during the postgame celebration is up for grabs at Grey Flannel Auctions. The jacket’s authenticity has been guaranteed after being photo-matched to his post-game interview with ABC sportscaster Howard Cosell.

The white jacket featuring the classic Knicks’ interlocking “NY” logo was made by Gerry Cosby and Co., an institution for Knicks & New York Rangers apparel. It also has a customized, embroidered ‘Reed’ patch signifying it belongs to the former Knicks captain.

According to Grey Flannel Auctions, the jacket originally came from a car dealership employee who made a trade with a Madison Square Garden employee who likely traded a car for the jacket.
In December 2009, Grey Flannel Auctions sold a game-worn Reed jersey during the 1973-74 season for $39,000. Reed’s warm-up jacket is expected to fetch more than that, given the event’s historical significance.
“This one will blow that price away,” Sam Heller, a representative from Grey Flannel Auctions, told Empire Sports Media.
The Knicks went into the Game 7 uncertain whether Reed would play after tearing a muscle in his right thigh in the fourth quarter of Game 5. The Knicks survived in Game 5 but was outmatched in Game 6.
The packed Madison Square Garden went into a frenzy when Reed emerged wearing the warm-up jacket from the tunnel. Reed hit two jump shots against Wilt Chamberlain and never scored again. But his presence was enough to inspire the Knicks, who led by as many as 29 points in the first half, to nail their first NBA title with a 113-99 victory at the expense of their bitter rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers.
Reed was honored as one of the 50 greatest NBA players in 1996. He was later honored again as part of the NBA’s 75th anniversary team. He won two championships with the Knicks and was the Finals MVP in both series. He also won the regular-season MVP in 1970.
As of posting time, the current bid for Reed’s iconic warm-up jacket is $16,106. The bidding will close on June 4.
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Knicks draft stash Rokas Jokubaitis will stay in Euroleague for 1 more year

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Fresh from winning the Euroleague’s Rising Star award, New York Knicks draft stash Rokas Jokubaitis was rendered ineffective in the Final Four.

Jokubaitis was held to four points and a game-worst -16 plus-minus as FC Barcelona fell short in an 86-83 loss to Real Madrid Thursday in their Euroleague’s Final Four matchup.

The 21-year-old Lithuanian guard picked up the worst time to produce a dud.

Jokubaitis had zero assists in foul-plagued 10 minutes of play. He only had one rebound and picked up three fouls in a forgettable performance.

It wasn’t the type of performance that will excite the Knicks to bring him over next season.

But his overall play in his first year with FC Barcelona was enough for him to beat Victor Wembanyama, the projected No. 1 overall pick of the 2023 NBA Draft, for the Rising Star award. Jokubaitis averaged 7.2 points, 2.8 assists, and 7.6 PIR (performance index rating) before the Final Four.

“It’s true that all those individual awards bring the attention over there,” Jokubaitis told BasketNews ahead of the Final Four. “I think [Knicks] people seeing me winning the Rising Star award gives them more excitement than just simple highlights from the games. This award won’t make things worse, that’s for sure.”

Jokubaitis, the 34th pick in the last year’s draft, indicated that he wanted to be a rotation player and not just a benchwarmer in the NBA. It was just one game, but his subpar performance in a high-stakes game isn’t ideal.

“It’s very likely that I’ll stay in Barcelona for one more year, so I will try to impress them [Knicks] even more,” Jokubaitis said.

Perhaps it’s the right move.

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Knicks work out under-the-radar prospects in hopes of finding another Jericho Sims

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The New York Knicks NBA Draft Lottery curse continued Tuesday night in Chicago. For the 18th straight time, the Knicks failed to move up as they got stuck at No. 11.

They will have plenty of options at No. 11 though none of them would be a surefire franchise-altering talent.

Major NBA mock drafts are divided on who the Knicks should select in the first round.

ESPN pegs Arizona’s All-American wing Bennedict Mathurin. Bleacher Report sees them taking a flier on versatile G League Ignite guard Dyson Daniels. The Ringer views Duke’s talented scorer AJ Griffin as the right pick. Basketball News has Kentucky’s point guard Tyty Washington Jr. as their selection.

With the projections all over the place, there’s also a big chance that the Knicks would kick the can further down the road as they did last year, especially with a glut of young players already on their roster.

In the 2020 NBA Draft, the Knicks traded their 19th pick for a future heavily protected first-round pick, which they used in the package to acquire former lottery selection Cam Reddish before the February trade deadline. They also swapped their other first-rounder — No. 21 for Quentin Grimes at No. 25.

The Knicks have been solid in the draft since Leon Rose took over as the team president, bringing with him former Utah Jazz draft guru Walt Perrin. While they missed out on rising stars Tyrese Haliburton, Tyrese Maxey, Desmond Bane and defensive stud Herb Jones, the Knicks’ picks in the previous two drafts are developing at their own pace.

They are all out in Chicago with a strong contingent led by Rose, William Wesley and Tom Thibodeau as the NBA Draft Combine got underway Wednesday.

But they are also leaving no stone unturned as they check out under-the-radar prospects back home. The Knicks also have the 42nd pick in the second round.

So far, the Knicks have worked out Bryant’s Peter Kiss, Texas Tech’s Kevin McCullar, Michigan State’s Gabe Brown, LSU’s Darius Days, Kansas’ Jalen Wilson, Seton Hall’s Jared Rhoden and Syracuse’s Buddy Boeheim.

Rhoden moved from to the Draft Combine after an impressive run in the G League Elite camp. Meanwhile, Boeheim, the son of Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim, reportedly shot the lights out in his private workout with the Knicks. Boeheim shot 71 of 80 three-pointers, according to Forbes Sports’ Adam Zagoria.

The Knicks are scheduled to work out the Philippines’ 7-4 phenom Kai Sotto on Monday.

None of these prospects are projected to be drafted. But this current Knicks regime unearthed a diamond in the rough in Jericho Sims toward the end of the draft last year.

They also worked out Jose Alvarado and Aaron Wiggins — two players who went undrafted but became solid rotation players in New Orleans and Oklahoma City, respectively, last season.

So, maybe one of these under-the-radar prospects could sneak their way into the NBA.

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Sources: Philippines’ 7-4 unicorn Kai Sotto to work out with Knicks

The New York Knicks will be working out the Philippines’ top NBA prospect Kai Sotto next week, per league sources.

The 7-foot-4 Sotto is fresh from playing in Australia’s National Basketball League, where the previous lottery picks LaMelo Ball and Josh Giddey played before entering the NBA.

The 20-year-old Sotto averaged 7.5 points on 50% shooting, 4.5 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in just 15 minutes off the bench for the Adelaide 36ers, the same team that groomed Giddey. His strong finish in his NBL stint has intrigued several NBA teams. Aside from the Knicks, Sotto has 11 more workouts lined up for him despite not getting an invitation to the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.

“I got [off to] a slow start but I think as time went by, I played better. The whole process has been amazing,” Sotto said of his NBL stint.

He capped his promising NBL campaign, scoring in double figures in three of his final five games, including a career-high 21 points in 18 minutes off the bench against the three-time NBL champion Brisbane Bullets.

The Filipino prospect has been working out in Atlanta with NBA skills trainer and former Columbia University star Jeremiah Boswell to prepare for the NBA Draft.

“I’m just working on my strengths and weaknesses, trying to improve my all-around game and try to be ready for the NBA Draft in the team workouts,” Sotto recently told Lakersnation.com.

Sotto projects to be a stretch big man in the next level that offers rim protection and decent court vision. He displayed his soft touch from the perimeter in the NBL, albeit in a small sample size, shooting 38 percent from deep.

“(The perimeter shooting) is one of the things I try my best to improve on, and it’s going to be a weapon for me when I master it,” Sotto said. “I just need a lot of reps to have confidence in myself.”

His solid footwork came from studying NBA legends Hakeem Olajuwon and Tim Duncan.

A former four-star prospect, Sotto starred for Atlanta-based prep team The Skills Factory. He nixed playing in the U.S. NCAA and instead signed with the inaugural G League Ignite Team. However, conflicts with his commitment to the Philippine national team in FIBA tournaments aborted his G League stint.

Sotto hopes to become the first full-blooded and homegrown Filipino to play in the NBA. Currently, the league has two players with Filipino lineage — Houston Rockets’ Jalen Green and Jordan Clarkson.

New York has the third-largest Filipino immigrants in the U.S., with a 236,000 population, according to a 2019 census.

The Knicks have a stacked frontline with the emergence of last year’s second-round pick Jericho Sims into a serviceable rotation player. Barring any trades, Nerlens Noel and Mitchell Robinson, who has yet to agree to a contract extension, are projected to patrol the paint for the Knicks next season.

The Knicks own the 11th and 42nd pick in June’s NBA Draft.

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Report: Ex-Nets Alize Johnson, Reggie Perry lead Knicks’ free agent tryouts

The New York Knicks held a minicamp for free agents in preparation for the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas in July.

Former Brooklyn Nets’ big men Alize Johnson and Reggie Perry led the 12-man field that also included returning Westchester Knicks gunner Louis King, per Forbes Sports’ Adam Zagoria.

Johnson earned a standard contract with the Nets in 2021 after a pair of impressive 10-day contracts. His best game as a member of the Nets came in a 130-113 win over the Indiana Pacers on April 29, 2021, with 20 points and a career-high 21 rebounds.

But despite showing flashes, Johnson was waived in September to make a roster spot for LaMarcus Aldridge. After his short stint with the Nets, he bounced around the league on 10-day contracts.

Meanwhile, Perry is a former McDonald’s All-American who has yet to find his footing in the league. The 2019 FIBA U-19 World Cup MVP failed to crack the Nets’ rotation in 2021 and got cut. He last saw action for the Portland Trail Blazers this past season.

Free-agent players who also attended the minicamp are Devon Dotson, John Petty, Craig Randall, George King, Chris Clemons, Carlik Jones, Aaron Henry, AJ Lawson and Daquan Jeffries.

Perhaps the best players from this minicamp will reinforce the Knicks’ NBA Summer League team featuring their young core.

Marc Berman of the New York Post recently reported that the Knicks’ youngsters, led by Immanuel Quickley and Obi Toppin, were already back at their Tarrytown practice facility gearing up for the next season. Cam Reddish, who just recovered from a season-ending shoulder injury, was also back in harness. Incoming sophomores Quentin Grimes, Miles McBride and Jericho Sims also joined the workouts.

 

The Knicks are stacked with 12 returning players on guaranteed contracts for next season. Jericho Sims’ two-way contract will likely get converted into a standard NBA contract hiking that list to 13, not counting their two picks in the coming NBA Draft. They also have decisions to make on Mitchell Robinson, who has until June 30 to agree to an extension with the Knicks. Otherwise, Robinson becomes an unrestricted free agent. Then there’s Taj Gibson, who has a team option for next season.

The Knicks are expected to trade Kemba Walker and maybe some of their veterans to declog the roster logjam and reshape their roster following a disappointing 37-45 season.

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Knicks draft stash Rokas Jokubaitis named Euroleague’s Rising Star

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Add Rokas Jokubaitis to the New York Knicks’ solid draft picks under Leon Rose’s leadership.

The 21-year-old Lithuanian guard won the Euroleague’s Rising Star winner after helping FC Barcelona reach the Final Four.

Jokubaitis, the 34th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, led all Rising Stars-eligible players with 7.2 points, 2.8 assists and a 7.6 average performance index rating. The 6-foot-4 playmaker is having a historic season, knocking down 59.5 percent of his three-pointers. He is on the verge of becoming just the second player in Euroleague history to lead any season with 60 percent or better accuracy from behind the arc if he sustains his form in the Final Four.

Jokubaitis is the third FC Barcelona player after Alex Abrines (2016) and Ricky Rubio (2010) and the first Lithuanian to win the Rising Star Trophy. He beat projected 2023 NBA’s first overall pick Victor Wembanyama of LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne and Marek Blazevic of Zalgiris Kaunas in the coaches’ voting.

A gun-shy Jokubaitis picked things up quickly with his new club.

But Jokubaitis downplayed his historic marksmanship this season in March.
“It is a strange phenomenon. We all understand that [58 percent] are not because I am a dangerous shooter,” Jokubaitis said. “My shooting selection allows me to cheat stats. Really, I don’t even know how I manage to do it, but it’s fun that hard practice brings the results.”

Jokubaitis has three more years left in his contract after this season. He plans to join the Knicks in the NBA Summer League again and return to Euroleague for one more season.

A Knicks contingent went to see Jokubaitis in February, and the Lithuanian guard said they saw what they wanted to see and added, “now everything is in their hands.”

But Jokubaitis also wants to be 100-percent ready when he jumps to the NBA. He wanted to avoid becoming just another Euroleague talent on the bench.

“What I understand now and did not understand before is that there are a lot of players who come back to Europe, which means that maybe they were not prepared 100% for the NBA,” Jokubaitis told Basketnews in February.

“When I feel that I am fully prepared, and I have taken everything from Europe, then I will think about going there. I am not saying that I am not ready, but I am focused on other things.”

He later clarified in another interview in March about his future plans to join the Knicks.

“Some people thought this was my thinking about titles, but I meant something else. It will happen when I feel inside that I have reached my maximum in terms of my improvement,” Jokubaitis said.

“There are many bad examples, like Kevin Pangos, who dominated the EuroLeague. It’s the NBA where even the best European players don’t fit in.”

He is likely coming over to join the Knicks in the Summer League but intends to play another season for FC Barcelona.

“Two years or so will pass, and I’ll talk to my agent about going to the NBA. But before that, I’ll have to feel 100 percent confident that at least I’ll have a chance to fight for the minutes,” Jokubaitis said.

“For example, I come to the US, and they say that you will play in the G League, and sometimes you will be with the main team. Then it’s better to improve in the EuroLeague.”

If everything goes according to plan, Jokubaitis will join the Knicks in the 2023-24 season.

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What should Knicks do if they don’t land Jalen Brunson?

New York Knicks‘ free-agent target Jalen Brunson continues to make his case for a huge payday this summer.

Brunson scattered 18 points, four rebounds and four assists in the Dallas Mavericks’ 111-101 win Sunday to tie their series at two games apiece, and most importantly, he took away Chris Paul’s impact on the Phoenix Suns.

Paul only had five points in a foul-plagued 23 minutes of action. Brunson posted up Paul and bullied him in the paint.

The Mavericks’ stocky point guard drew Paul’s fifth foul early in the third quarter. Brunson took Paul out of the game with his sixth foul and still 8:58 remaining in the fourth quarter.

It’s no secret that the Knicks covet Brunson. But Brunson’s stellar play in the playoffs has made him so valuable to the Mavericks that they are reportedly not willing to help the Knicks in a sign-and-trade scenario.

The Knicks have no cap space, and while they have a bunch of veterans on expiring deals, they still have to unload them before competing for Brunson’s services in the open market.

So what should the Knicks do if they cannot land Brunson this summer?

Should they pursue the next best available free agent point guard in the market?

This summer’s free-agent class of point guards isn’t as deep as the previous years.

Should the Knicks settle with backup guards Tyus Jones and Ricky Rubio or journeyman Dennis Schroder? Pursue a Russell Westbrook trade or John Wall if the Houston Rockets buy him out? Or maybe steal away Cleveland Cavaliers’ restricted free agent Collin Sexton?

If Brunson goes elsewhere, and unless there’s a superstar to chase this summer, the Knicks might be better staying the course.

Immanuel Quickley showed in the final half of this past season that he’s ready for a bigger role. With Derrick Rose coming back, the Knicks should have two solid point guards.

Leon Rose must take a cue from the Philadelphia 76ers on how they approached Tyrese Maxey’s development into a rising star in a contender.

Rose lauded the development of their young core during his end-of-the-season pre-taped interview with MSG Network’s Mike Breen. He has the power to keep them on track. All he needs to do is convince, or perhaps much better, send the mission order to Thibodeau to start Quickley.

If that happens, the Knicks still have a quality second unit backcourt with feisty incoming sophomore Miles McBride replacing Quickley as Derrick Rose’s understudy.

With Quickley running the point next to Evan Fournier, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle and Mitchell Robinson, the Knicks have outscored their opponents by 13.6 points this past season, according to Cleaning The Glass.

Quickley’s outside threat and his 6-foot-10 wingspan are his best gifts, but he’s made a conscious effort to attack the rim more in his sophomore year — a point guard attribute that Thibodeau covets.

Not only did he improve his accuracy (56 percent to 62 percent) from his rookie season, but he also did it with more volume (22-39 to 48-78), jumping from 37th percentile to 61st percentile in the league in shots at the rim, per CTG. That was a better mark than what Brunson did during his sophomore year in Dallas, where he shot 49 of 84 (58 percent) at the rim, good for only 55th percentile in the league, per CTG.

Quickley has shown flashes that he could be better than Brunson in his Year 4. He’s committed and driven. All he needs is the opportunity to realize his potential.

The Knicks don’t need to settle for anything less this summer. They might already have the best option available in their fold.

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Knicks Mock Trade: Landing Rudy Gobert in a blockbuster deal

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The New York Knicks desperately need to shake things up this off-season if they want to put together a competent team that’s capable of reaching the postseason. This year, they witnessed significant limitations on both sides of the ball, especially with Julius Randle regressing.

Injuries provided a bit of inconsistency, and the Knicks’ youth players didn’t get as much playing time as they probably should have given Tom Thibodeau’s strategy, but adding an elite defensive player in Rudy Gobert fits the mold perfectly for the identity Thibs is building.

After ranking as one of the best defensive teams in basketball back in 2020, the Knicks’ efficiency plummeted to 11th. Gobert would be a huge plus, and opening up a bit of salary relief would be beneficial, especially if the front office has Jalen Brunson from the Dallas Mavericks in mind.

Nonetheless, let’s take a look at a mock trade scenario that could present adequate value.

Knicks mock trade with the Utah Jazz:

Knicks give up:

-Evan Fournier

-Derrick Rose

-Cam Reddish

-2023 1st rounder

-2023 1st rounder (Dallas)

NBA Analysis originally came up with this specific mock trade, which seems to be reasonably fair given the Knicks can’t afford to add any more youngsters to the equation, and Gobert is a match made in heaven for Tom Thibodeau.

This season, Fournier averaged 14.1 points and shot 39% from deep. Fournier set the single-season record for the Knicks in three-pointers made, but that doesn’t make him a good defender.

Fournier proved to be a massive liability on the defensive side but was a solid scorer for the majority of the season. The Knicks might be looking for more consistency on defense, but unloading his contract would be the critical move here.

Moving on from Cam Reddish seems to be probable at this point since he only averaged 6.1 points over 14.3 minutes of play. Trading for Cam made little sense at the time since injecting a small forward into a team that didn’t utilize that position was odd. He made little to no impact, so we should expect the Knicks to include him in potential trade offers.

Trading Derrick Rose would hurt every Knick fan’s heart, but at 33 years old and battling a few injuries last season, it might be time too to inject more young talent into the position. Brunson would obviously fit the bill, and since Rose averaged just 12 points last year and played in 26 games, the team needs a bit more reliability at the point guard position.

Giving up at least one first-round pick from this year is something the Knicks have to do. Adding more young talent to the roster is normally a benefit, but they are struggling to get their current players enough time to develop as it is.

Jazz gives up:

-Rudy Gobert

Acquiring Gobert immediately injected arguably the best defensive player in basketball into the Knicks’ lineup. This would be a dream come true for Thibodeau, but it would all but guarantee the departure of Mitchell Robinson.

Gobert averaged 15.6 points, 2.1 blocks, 0.7 steals, and 14.7 total rebounds, a career-high this season. Gobert is only 29 years old, meaning he’s in the prime of his game and ready to make a significant impact on the biggest stage — The Mecca.

However, he comes with a sizable contract, five years, $205 million. Rudy is projected to earn $38 million next year,  but he’s well worth the money at his age. His contract will consistently increase until 2024, when it caps out at $43.8 million before a 2025 player option kicks in.

Taking on a contract of this size is something the Knicks need to think long and hard about, but his value is unparalleled as a defensive player. If New York’s young players can rise to the occasion and offer great play at a cost-controlled price, this team could be ready to compete within the next two years.

Knicks remain as most expensive NBA team to watch

The New York Knicks fans take pride in being the most passionate in the NBA. And they put their money where their mouth is.

The cost to attend the Knicks games remains the most expensive for the 12th straight season, yet they are still among the top crowd drawers in the league.

According to Team Marketing Report’s annual NBA Fan Cost Index research, a Knicks game costs an average of $936.72 for a family of four, an FCI increase of 4.2 percent from the 2020-21 season. They have the most expensive ticket in the league, with a single general ticket costing $186.3.

The FCI is based on the average weighted cost of a general ticket, the least expensive, regular-priced beer, soda and hotdog in the arena, parking fees and a team hat.

The Golden State Warriors, who have three future Hall of Famers led by fan-favorite Stephen Curry, and the Los Angeles Lakers, with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, are a distant second and third on the list.

The Warriors supplanted the Lakers by having the most significant ticket price raise this season — 6.1 percent or the equivalent of an $8.07 price hike — that added to their $740.08 FCI. One of the 18 teams who held ticket prices flat, the Lakers had $711.76 FCI. But the Lakers’ average ticket price ($143.67) was still more expensive than the Warriors’ ($139.49).

Despite having the heftiest price tag and a disappointing season, the 37-45 Knicks drew an average of 18,621 fans at Madison Square Garden, ranked eighth in the league, per ESPN’s NBA attendance tracking. The Warriors are 11th in the league, with an average of 18,064 fans in their home games in the regular season. Despite James and Anthony Davis missing a big chunk of the season due to injuries, the Lakers still drew an average of 18,649 fans, ranking just above the Knicks.

The Boston Celtics, who averaged a fifth-best 19,156 fans in their home games, had $596.11 FCI, the fourth most expensive NBA live experience. The Chicago Bulls — this season’s top drawer — parlayed their big splash in free agency into an average of 20,881 fans per home game. They had the fifth most expensive FCI ($578.50).

The other New York team — Brooklyn Nets — did not raise their ticket prices despite coming into the season as the title favorites. They ended up 13th in FCI ($443.02) and attendance (17,354), with Kevin Durant sidelined for 21 games due to a knee injury, James Harden traded, and Kyrie Irving’s absence in their home games until late March.

The Knicks have topped the annual Team Marketing Report’s FCI research for a record 21 times in 31 years. Only the Celtics (once) and the Lakers (nine times) are the other teams who made it to the top of the list.

Despite the presence of the electrifying duo of LaMelo Ball and Miles Bridges, the Charlotte Hornets had the least expensive FCI (237.55). They were in the middle of the pack in terms of average attendance (17,091) at home.

Four of the teams in the bottom five of the FCI research, including the Hornets, made the play-in and the playoffs: Atlanta Hawks ($305.31), Washington Wizards ($300.36), Minnesota Timberwolves ($298.80) and Memphis Grizzlies ($258.24).

The Knicks don’t have the star power. But their future looks bright with a solid young core led by RJ Barrett, Obi Toppin and Immanuel Quickley. And when they start winning, except the Knicks to be more expensive to watch.

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Knicks’ Immanuel Quickley receives 6th Man of the Year votes

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New York Knicks guard Immanuel Quickley’s late surge did not go unnoticed.

Quickley, who had two triple-doubles in the Knicks’ final five games, received two third-place votes in the NBA Sixth Man of the Year race, eventually won by Miami Heat’s Tyler Herro.

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The former Kentucky combo guard averaged 16.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists in his last 22 games. Quickley shot 43.7 percent from the field and 39 percent from deep during that hot stretch on four three-point attempts.

Quickley’s inclusion as a Sixth Man of the Year candidate bodes well for his future. He came into the NBA drawing comparisons to Lou Williams, a three-time Sixth Man of the Year.

Quickley has shifted his play from just a spark plug off the bench to a potential starting point guard, attested by his impact on winning when given starter’s minutes. The Knicks went 11-5 in games where Quickley played at least 30 minutes, producing 18.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists and a scorching 41 percent from the outside on 7.5 attempts.

In his second season, Quickley sustained his scoring (11.4 from 11.3 points per game) from his rookie year and made a marked improvement in rebounding (2.1 to 3.2 rebounds) and playmaking (2.0 to 3.5 assists).

The Knicks have an interesting summer ahead. They have to decide what to make do of Quickley’s growth in his second year. Are they ready to give him the keys to their backcourt? Or swing for the fences and pursue Dallas Mavericks’ breakout star Jalen Brunson or perhaps Utah Jazz Donovan Mitchell if he suddenly becomes available.

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