Knicks' Immanuel Quickley breaks impressive post-2000 NBA rookie record

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Immanuel Quickley's arsenal of floaters may be the part of his game that captured the hearts of New York fans, but it's not the only area in which he's excelling at an extraordinary level.

In the Knicks' Sunday night win over the Pistons — one which put them over .500 and gave them sole control of fourth place in the East (!!!) — Quickley went 3-3 from the charity stripe, giving him 94 makes on 100 attempts at the line in his young career. How many other NBA players since 2000 have hit that many free throws in their first 100 tries?

Quickley is glad you asked.

Only five rookies in NBA history have recorded a free throw percentage of at least 90 percent with at least 100 attempts in their debut season, and while it's very possible that Quickley cools off and begins to miss with more frequency, he's sitting pretty atop the list right now (via Stathead).

Query Results Table
CritCrit Tota
Rk Player Season Age Tm FTA FT% G
1Immanuel Quickley2020-2121NYK100.94031
2Šarūnas Jasikevičius2005-0629IND133.91075
3Trey Burke2013-1421UTA113.90370
4Ernie DiGregorio1973-7423BUF193.90281
5Salim Stoudamire2005-0623ATL110.90061
Provided by Stathead.com: View Stathead Tool Used
Generated 3/1/2021.

If floaters were a tracked stat, we think he'd probably be near the top of that list as well. In fact, his overall scoring totals would probably be up there with some of the greats if his playing time was increased. At 23.5 points per 36 minutes, the Knicks know that an offensive burst is just one call to the bench away if they need it. It's also worth noting that he doesn't just post individual numbers but acts as a good fit for the whole lineup. As Jonathan Tjarks of The Ringer pointed out, the Knicks' net rating with him on the floor is +4.5, whereas it's -1.6 without him.

He may not take home the Rookie of the Year Award given the rapid ascension of LaMelo Ball and the lack of minutes Quickley has received, but he's certainly surpassed expectations and has already established himself, as the stat above shows, in NBA history.

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