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Knicks’ 2021 NBA Draft selections and how they fared in Year 1

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Final yr’s draft was a busy one for the Knicks and staff president Leon Rose. They made a number of strikes, buying and selling again within the first spherical, then transferring up within the second spherical. Altogether, there have been three trades, however no large splash.

The quick returns had been minimal, although there stays optimism that at the least just a few of their 4 picks — Quentin Grimes, Miles McBride, Rokas Jokubaitis and Jericho Sims — can in time flip into one thing way more productive.

The Submit takes a have a look at all 4 alternatives:

Quentin Grimes

The lone first-round decide was by far one of the best Knicks rookie, exhibiting 3-and-D potential. Restricted to 46 video games due to accidents and a bout with COVID-19, the previous Houston star shot 38.6 % from lengthy vary, made six begins and averaged six factors in 17.1 minutes.

In time, the twenty fifth total decide might change into a discover, particularly if he can keep wholesome. He missed a full month with {a partially} dislocated kneecap, stunting his growth considerably.

Jericho Sims and Quentin Grimes
Jericho Sims and Quentin Grimes
AP; N.Y. Submit: Charles Wenzelberg

Rokas Jokubaitis

The Knicks used the thirty fourth total decide, the primary of their three second-round selections, on the southpaw from Lithuania with the intent of holding him abroad. In 37 EuroLeague video games (35 as a reserve) for Barcelona FC, Jokubaitis averaged 7.2 factors and a pair of.6 assists, with 1.7 turnovers in 17 minutes. He did shoot a strong 56.8 from 3-point vary (it’s a shorter distance than within the NBA). His numbers had been related within the Spanish league, along with his 3-point proportion right down to 43.8 % in 31 contests.

The Submit’s Marc Berman beforehand reported the Knicks are leaning towards holding Jokubaitis abroad subsequent season, too. By signing him, they must eat into their $10 million mid-level exception, and cap area will probably be at a premium.

Whereas what the Knicks finally get from the 21-year-old Jokubaitis stays unsure, they might have erred in passing on Alabama wing Herbert Jones, taken one decide after Jokubaitis. In 69 begins for the Pelicans, the 6-foot-7 Jones posted 9.5 factors, 3.8 rebounds and shot 47.6 % from the sphere and was chosen to the league’s All-Rookie second staff after main all first-year gamers in steals with 130.

Miles McBride

There was real pleasure when McBride, a projected first-round decide, fell to the Knicks at No. 36. He got here to them with the status as a stout defender, however he was not often used, averaging simply 9.3 minutes in 40 video games.

Regardless of accidents to level guards Derrick Rose and Kemba Walker, coach Tom Thibodeau most well-liked taking part in veteran wing Alec Burks out of place on the level to utilizing McBride.

Miles McBride
Miles McBride
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The previous West Virginia star was dominant in six G-League video games, averaging 27.8 factors, 10.8 assists and capturing 48.1 % from deep, and he did have some good moments that showcased his dogged defensive mindset, resembling his 15-point, nine-assist, four-steal efficiency in a win over the Rockets. However he didn’t do sufficient to earn the teaching employees’s belief.

Jericho Sims

The 6-foot-10 large man may very well be a part of the answer within the center if Mitchell Robinson walks in free company. Taken with the 58th decide, Sims averaged 2.2 factors and 4.1 rebounds throughout 41 video games and 5 begins.

His taking part in time elevated considerably after the All-Star break, and he had some sturdy performances, registering 4 double-figure rebounding video games. Thibodeau has mentioned he is usually a playmaker out of the publish, raving about Sims’ footwork and athleticism.