Well that was unexpected.
The Knicks held the 19th and 21st picks in tonight’s NBA draft but traded both: #19 to Charlotte for a future 1st-round pick, #21 to the L.A. Clippers in exchange for L.A.’s #25 pick and a 2024 2nd-rounder belonging to Detroit. With that 25th pick, the Knicks selected Quentin Grimes.
Grimes, a 6’5” guard who disappointed his freshman year at Kansas but found his stride at Houston, hit 40% from deep on high volume (over 8 attempts from 3-point land per game) and is considered a good defender who projects to have success on that end in the pros, too. Last year he was the American Athletic Conference’s Player of the Year and ACC Tournament MVP. Never heard of him? That’s fair. Reasons to feel good about him? Ian Begley says Tom Thibodeau is a big fan.
Tom Thibodeau was among the Knicks' decision-makers that was impressed with Quentin Grimes, the 25th pick in the NBA Draft:— Knicks Videos (@sny_knicks) July 30, 2021
"He looks like a player who could come in and help the Knicks defensively right away" pic.twitter.com/PdvZQ1UPcw
Quentin Grimes this past season:— Jeremy Cohen (@TheCohencidence) July 30, 2021
84th percentile in overall offense
92nd percentile in transition
86th percentile P&R ball handler
70th percentile isolation
72nd percentile off screens
81st percentile on hand offs
Pretty, pretty good
Welcome to the Big Apple— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) July 30, 2021
The Clippers select Quentin Grimes for the Knicks at No. 25 overall. pic.twitter.com/81S33iU3wf
And for all the smart asses like me out there:
Quentin Grimes isn't represented by CAA and didn't play at Kentucky.— x KnicksNation (@KnicksNation) July 30, 2021
More reaction on the trades and 411 on Grimes headed your way soon, and stay tuned for what the Knicks do at 32...assuming they don’t trade that pick for another future 2nd, too. Grimes sounds like an intriguing talent. If he’s as gifted with prophecy as he is with hoops, this will go down as a legendary moment in franchise history.
Knicks gone win it all— Quentin Grimes (@qdotgrimes) March 20, 2014
See you all again soon.