If the New York Knicks hope to put last season behind them and once again become one of the best teams in the East, they will need to make some pretty big changes.
Aside from the addition of Jalen Brunson, the team hasn’t altered much about their lineup during the offseason.
That means they will instead need to tweak their style using the players they already have.
Players like Immanuel Quickley.
"There is an expectation that Immanuel Quickley will get an increased role early on"
— SNY (@SNYtv) September 16, 2022
Inside reporting says that Quickley will “get an increased role early on” with the team in the 2022-23 season.
It is important to note what Quickley has already done for the Knicks.
It is also important to note the deliberate phrasing of the wording above because it says a lot about what Quickley’s future with the team may hold.
In the 2021-22 season, Quickley was putting up 11.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.5 assists for New York.
However, it must be noted that he only started in 3 games with an average of 23.1 minutes per game.
It stands to reason that the more time Quickley gets on the court, the more he will provide for his team.
During his first two years in the league, the point guard focused on his shooting ability.
His field goal percentage currently sits at 39.2% while his three-point stat is 34.6%.
In the season ahead, you can bet he will continue to try and shoot better and better, taking some pressure off of Brunson and allowing more spacing for the rest of his team.
If Quickley does well with his increased presence, he will play even more.
However, Knicks insiders say that he will get more time “early on” which means that if this change doesn’t work well for Quickley, he may see his role diminished again.