The Knicks dealt both of their original first-round picks in the 2021 NBA Draft, but with the No. 25 overall selection acquired from the Clippers, the ‘Bockers selected University of Houston guard Quentin Grimes.
Grimes was the 2020-21 AAC Player of the Year for the Final Four-bound Cougars, averaging 17.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in 3x contests, and shooting 40 percent from three-point range.
As part of the high school class of 2018, Grimes was projected as a potential lottery pick in 2019, but after averaging just 8.4 points and 2.5 boards in 36 games as a freshman at Kansas, he decided to transfer to Houston instead of going to the NBA.
Over two seasons with Kelvin Sampson, Grimes blossomed, averaging 12.1 points, 3.7 boards, and 2.6 assists in 2019-20 before his Conference Player of the Year season in 2020-21. And, he appears to be a perfect fit for Tom Thibodeau and the Knicks:
The Knicks also have two second-round picks, Nos. 32 and 58 overall, to add to their draft night haul of Grimes, a future first-rounder (via Charlotte for No. 19), and a 2024 second-rounder (via the Clippers in the deal that swapped No. 21 for No. 25).
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