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Immanuel Quickley draws a comparison to former Knick Jamal Crawford

Immanuel Quickley draws a comparison to former Knick Jamal Crawford

Before making his fourth straight start Monday in place of an injured teammate, Immanuel Quickley drew a lofty comparison from Suns coach Monty Williams.

“Quickley is like Jamal Crawford in a lot of ways, he can just get it going,” Williams said.

Afterward, Quickley came out and put together his last quality performance to help the Knicks to their second straight win.

While Quickley still has a long way to go to catch up with Crawford β€” the 20-year-old NBA guard, former Knick and ultimate sixth man β€” the Knicks will embrace the version they’ve been getting lately when the third-year combo guard has intervened. the Jalen Brunson lineup and then RJ Barrett.

After starting at point guard for three games, Quickley worked his way into Barrett’s lineup on Monday, when he had 15 points, five rebounds and three assists as he continued to show his versatility.

“I think that’s what I like about our guys on the perimeter, they’re versatile and they can play multiple positions,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “Quick can play with the starters, he can play with the bench. He can play the point, he can play the 2.

Immanuel Quickley shoots during the Knicks’ win over the Suns.
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“I don’t know what it is, he’s just a good basketball player.”

In his last eight games, which include five starts, Quickley is averaging 19.9 points on 40.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc, 4.9 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 0, 9 steals in 33.8 minutes. That stretch included a game-high 51 minutes against the Mavericks, when he dished out a game-high 15 assists, and a game-high 36 points against the Spurs.

While his career highs came in losses, he has continued to make an impact in the last two wins.

“We’ve got guys who can make shots,” Quickley said before the Knicks had time off Tuesday before Wednesday’s rematch with Spurs at the Garden. “Julius [Randle] requires double teaming. Jalen calls for double teams. So when they get into the paint, they create for others, we get open shots. [Mitchell Robinson] in the glass So it was a total team effort. The bench came in and gave us a big spark, so it was everybody.”

Quickley is expected to win a fifth straight game Wednesday and Barrett will be ruled out for a fourth straight game with a broken finger.

After taking Brunson’s spot in the starting lineup for three games, Quickley played alongside him Monday to form a tandem that has been successful this season. The two guards have been on the floor together for a total of 355 minutes this season, during which the Knicks have a net rating of 9.6, meaning they are outscoring their opponents by 9.6 points per 100 possessions. That mark ranks as the seventh-best net rating for any Knicks duo that has played at least 200 minutes together this season.

Immanuel Quickley draws a comparison to former Knick Jamal Crawford
Immanuel Quickly drives to the basket against the Suns on Monday night.
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“Honestly, it felt kind of normal, like we’ve been doing it for a while,” Quickley said. β€œHe can play with or without the ball, which makes him very easy to play. A selfless guy with great character too, so it’s easy to play with someone like that.”

Quickley, who has reportedly drawn trade interest from other teams this season, has also been effective with other key Knicks while bouncing between the first and second units. He and Quentin Grimes have a net rating of 15.6 in 325 minutes, while he and Mitchell Robinson have a net rating of 12.7 in 311 minutes.

“Since I’ve been here, Quick has been great,” Brunson said. “What he did when I was out is no surprise. He can do it while I’m in the lineup, too. He’s special.”



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