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Knicks acquire rights to Immanuel Quickley via trade with Timberwolves

The New York Knicks acquired Immanuel Quickley with the No. 25 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. We break down what it means.

Kentucky Wildcats guard Immanuel Quickley walks to the bench as he gets fouled out against the Florida Gators during the second half at Exactech Arena.  Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks acquired the 25th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft from the Minnesota Timberwolves via the Oklahoma City Thunder and selected Kentucky G Immanuel Quickley on Wednesday night virtually from ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. The Thunder sent PG Ricky Rubio, the No. 25 pick and the No. 28 pick to Minnesota in exchange for the No. 17 pick in the draft. After that, the Timberwolves traded the No. 25 pick and No. 33 pick to the Knicks for the rights to Leandro Bolmaro.

First-round Pick Analysis

The Knicks picked up a guard in Quickley, who comes from a solid program at UK under coach John Calipari. Kentucky is known as an NBA factory, so Knicks fans can get excited about another pick. Quickley can shoot the lights out, plain and simple. He might not do much else. Scouts say that he wasn’t expected to be a first-round pick and that he can’t really create his own shot off the dribble all that well.