REPORT: Knicks, Thunder, Pistons interested in Kentucky star
Tyler Herro, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, De’Aron Fox, Malik Monk, Jamal Murray, Devin Booker, Eric Bledsoe, John Wall, and Rajon Rondo: What do all of these NBA guards have in common? They’re all Kentucky basketball graduates.
Kentucky is known for producing high-quality NBA players, and that trend does not seem like it’s going to end anytime soon. Immanuel Quickley, the 6-foot-4 combo guard from Kentucky, is one of the next wave of Wildcats that is expected to make an impact in the big leagues.
Although he isn’t projected to be a top pick in the 2020 draft, Quickley is still catching the eyes of some franchises.
According to a report by Forbes, the New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder and Detroit Pistons have all met with the Kentucky star at least two times–a clear indicator that he could be a surprise pick in the November rookie selections.
The Knicks would be reaching to select him at pick No. 8, but they do have a second pick in the first round at 27 where Quickley may still be on the board. The Pistons are unlikely to select Quickley at No. 7, but the Thunder have a shot at him later in the first round at pick 25.
Quickley projects well at the NBA level. He is an excellent shooter that spaces the floor with his range. Just like his name suggests, Quickley is also exceptionally quick for a combo guard. His explosiveness and change of direction makes him even more dynamic on the offensive end.
Defensively, the 21-year-old has shown great versatility and can guard positions one through three. Despite his size, he has a 6-foot-9 wingspan. His length allows him to contest shots from bigger players, and his speed allows him to keep up with smaller guards.
Immanuel Quickley may not be the premier guard prospect in this draft, but he is still someone that you should keep your eye on going into the 2020 NBA Draft.