New York Knicks — Grading the pick: Quentin Grimes


New York Knicks — Grading the pick: Quentin Grimes

Quentin Grimes, New York Knicks, NBA Draft (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

The New York Knicks, and seemingly every team around the league, had a wild NBA Draft.

New York delivered on the speculation that they would trade in the draft, but it didn’t go exactly as many had planned.

The Knicks ended up trading their 19th overall pick to the Charlotte Hornets for a future first that is top-18 protected — not the greatest value. They then traded their 21st pick for the 25th pick and 2024 2nd round pick. With the 25th pick, they selected the University of Houston product, Quentin Grimes.

New York Knicks select Quentin Grimes 25th overall — Grade: C+

The entire night was a shocker. There was a ton of anticipation for New York having multiple picks in a draft class lauded for its’ deep talent. The value that New York got for picks 19 and 21 was far from a “slam dunk”, but the future assets could be used in a potential trade package.

Quentin Grimes may not have been the pick everyone was expecting, but he certainly looks like he could make an early impact with the team.

First, let’s look at the value. Did Quentin Grimes make sense at pick #25?

Next: Was Quentin Grimes the right pick?

New York Knicks — Grading the pick: Quentin Grimes

Quentin Grimes, New York Knicks, NBA Draft (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

The New York Knicks, and seemingly every team around the league, had a wild NBA Draft.

New York delivered on the speculation that they would trade in the draft, but it didn’t go exactly as many had planned.

The Knicks ended up trading their 19th overall pick to the Charlotte Hornets for a future first that is top-18 protected — not the greatest value. They then traded their 21st pick for the 25th pick and 2024 2nd round pick. With the 25th pick, they selected the University of Houston product, Quentin Grimes.

New York Knicks select Quentin Grimes 25th overall — Grade: C+

The entire night was a shocker. There was a ton of anticipation for New York having multiple picks in a draft class lauded for its’ deep talent. The value that New York got for picks 19 and 21 was far from a “slam dunk”, but the future assets could be used in a potential trade package.

Quentin Grimes may not have been the pick everyone was expecting, but he certainly looks like he could make an early impact with the team.

First, let’s look at the value. Did Quentin Grimes make sense at pick #25?

Next: Was Quentin Grimes the right pick?

New York Knicks — Quentin Grimes value grade: C-

Quentin Grimes was, for most, a fringe-first round prospect. Here’s how he stacked up on some prominent big boards:

The Athletic (Sam Vecenie) — 38th overall

The Ringer (Kevin O’Connor) — 41st overall

Bleacher Report (Jonathan Wasserman) — 30th overall

On my big board, I had Grimes 39th.

Now I don’t want this to just be poo-pooing on Grimes and where the Knicks took him because I actually think I see the vision behind the pick, and why they took him where they did.

There may have been a ton of more talented guards and shot creators on the board such as Ayo Dosunmu, Bones Hyland, Cam Thomas, Sharife Cooper, Miles McBride, and Jared Butler, but really, there weren’t many prospects of Quentin Grimes’ mold on the board.

Grimes is a pretty classic 3&D prospect. He’s a great catch and shooter who’s a competitive defender, and his size should project him to succeed in the NBA. New York recognized the drop-off in talent of a similar player-types to Grimes, and they decided to nab him while they could.

Given some of the names that were still on the board on 19 and 21, it is a little disappointing to see the other teams draft some of the higher-ceiling players with their picks.

It seems pretty obvious that when the New York Knicks were on the clock at 19 and 21, they simply didn’t like the value of the guys available, so they traded down, and took a pretty safe prospect in Quentin Grimes.

How does Grimes fit in with the Thibodeau and the Knicks?

Next: Grading Quentin Grimes' fit with the Knicks
New York Knicks — Grading the pick: Quentin Grimes

New York Knicks, Quentin Grimes (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

New York Knicks — Quentin Grimes fit grade: A-

It’s hard to find an NBA team where Quentin Grimes wouldn’t fit. On a Tom Thibodeau team, it makes a ton of sense.

The words frequently brought up in Quentin Grimes profiles are “hustle” and “gritty.” He’s a strong-bodied player who has the potential to guard multiple positions at the next level.

The Knicks’ biggest need are players who can create offense – ball-handlers who can find their own shot. There might be room for Grimes to continue to grow into an all-around scorer, however, he’s more of a spot-up shooter at this point and doesn’t get to the rim very much.

However, even though the Knicks were 4th in the NBA in 3-point percentage last season, they may have to replace a few sharpshooters who have become free agents: Reggie Bullock and Alec Burks.

That’s where adding Quentin Grimes becomes really valuable. Grimes shot 40.3% from 3 on over 8 attempts per game last season. It’s easy to see the 21-year-old earning a role in just his rookie year. New York doesn’t have anyone on their roster equipped to defend high-level guards, and if Quentin Grimes can do that, it’s a huge addition to their team defense.

We still don’t know what New York will do in free agency. It seems likely that they will add more talent along the perimeter to address the shot creation issues from last season.

Quentin Grimes gives them someone who can be valuable on both ends of the floor. His shooting alone will get him in the lineup, and he could become a key part of Tom Thibodeau’s rotation for years to come.

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