The Knicks need draft picks – they were scooping up future picks in the NBA draft – not going to use them for picking, but rather to pack them in exchange for a star. (If you’re asking “then why not put more picks in exchange for Donovan Mitchell trade, well, you’re not the only one asking this question.)
According to league sources, the Knicks are targeting a future first-round pick in exchange for Quickley, who is eligible for an extension this summer.
Whether the Knicks can get Quickley in the first round is a matter of debate. He has struggled to score this season, shooting 36.5% overall (49 percent correct) and scoring just 8.9 points per night. However, he is a reliable perimeter defender and only 23 years old, he will qualify for an extension next offseason and whoever changes him must also have the intention of paying him.
The Knicks need assets to go after the next superstar to go on sale. Whoever it was. And next time they need to go all-in on the go.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – New Orleans forward Zion Williamson starts to feel like himself again. San Antonio can attest to this.
Williamson scored a season-high 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and the Pelicans were never behind, giving the Spurs their sixth straight loss, 129-110, on Wednesday night.
“Zion was a monster from start to finish,” said New Orleans coach Willie Green. “Driving the ball, kicking it to your teammates. Use of inconsistencies. Defensively, I think he was very strong today. Only in the right places, communication, switching with a contact, everything we work on. Monster game from Z tonight.”
— NBA (@NBA) November 24, 2022
Williamson, who missed all of last season with surgery to repair a broken right foot, made two consecutive appearances. He was limited to nine points in a 128-83 win over Golden State on Monday night, but his defensive effort was key.
“On defense, I start to find my moves and feel the game,” Williamson said. “I really watch the game. I was happy with the last game (on defense). This game just shifted to my offense.”
Williamson was 14 of 18 from the field, scoring 28 points in the paint.
Even with CJ McCollum Due to illness, the Pelicans extended their lead to 24 points in the fourth quarter, winning for the seventh time in nine games.
San Antonio’s reserves continued to run 11-0 to cut New Orleans’ lead to 118-102 with 3:20 left, but the game was essentially decided in the opening minutes.
Jonas Valanciunas finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds for New Orleans.
The Spurs missed their first eight shots of the game as the Pelicans took a 21–6 lead. San Antonio followed suit, scoring four points in the first 4.5 minutes of the second quarter.
Williamson and Valanciunas dominated the paint early, scoring 18 points on 7-of-9 shots in the first 6.5 minutes of play.
“Well, obviously we didn’t get it,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said of Williamson’s defense. “But there is a reason why he was chosen where he was chosen. He’s pretty good.”
New Orleans held Keldon Johnson, San Antonio’s all-time leading scorer, to a season-high five points. Johnson’s three lowest results of the season came in his last three games.
This is the Thanksgiving edition of the weekly NBC Sports NBA Power Rankings, and in it we’re going to talk a little about what every fanbase should be thankful for this year. Spurs fans, you should be grateful to Gregg Popovich.
1. Celtics (13-4, #1 last week) Boston should be grateful to coach Joe Mazzulla, who set the right tone with this team after he was named head coach a few days before training camp. He didn’t try to reinvent the wheel, he trusted what was built and what these players were working on, and set the right tone. The Celtics are playing six consecutive games at home with interesting tests: Luka Doncic and the Mavericks (Wednesday) and a red-hot Kings on Friday.
2. Bucks (12-4, LV 2). Milwaukee should be grateful for the return of the peak Brooke Lopez, who leads the NBA in total blocks (44) and blocks per game (2.8) and plays at the level of the best defenseman of the year. Thanks to him, they have the second-best defense in the NBA. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 30.1 points, 11.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game, but some people don’t see him as an MVP candidate just yet because his two-point scoring has dropped to 57% this season. Really?
3. Suns (11-6, LW 4). Phoenix fans should be grateful Devin Booker is their anchor. This team went 4-3 with no starts Chris Paul as well as Cameron Johnson because Booker has been phenomenal this season, averaging 27.6 points per game, shooting 38% of 3 and 5.8 assists per day. Cameron Payne also to be commended for activating with CP3 healing the sore spot. This week the Suns will play two upstart teams from the West, the Jazz and the Kings, in some interesting tests.
4. Cavaliers (11-6, LV 6). Be thankful for a front office with Kobe Altman (and owner) willing to go to any lengths. Donovan Mitchell because it worked (29.8 points and 6 assists per game). It was better than advertised and Darius Garland (23.9 points and 7.8 assists), the Cavs may have the best backcourt in the league. The only thing keeping them from that crown is Garland’s turnovers. A couple of good tests to see where this team really stands in the East, representing games in Milwaukee and Toronto.
5. Jazz (12-7, DW 10). A little wind came out of the sails as the Jazz lost 4 out of 6, but Jazz fans should be thankful for that. Lauri Markkanen found himself and became perhaps the biggest surprise in the NBA this season. He’s averaging 22.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, shooting 36.1% from threes, and looks like an All-Star from his hometown of Salt Lake City. The problem lately hasn’t been the offense, but the fact that the defense has been 28th in the last six games. Will Hardy has to figure out a way to stop this team.
6. Mavericks (9-7, LV 5). Dallas took off the gas pedal – and Luka Doncic looked a little out of sorts – he’s suffered nasty defeats lately (Pelicans without Zion WilliamsonMagic without Paolo Bankero, Wizards without Beal and Porzingis). Long term, this team needs Doncic’s MVP Night to stand a chance against the best teams. Mavericks fans should be grateful for that. Spencer Dinwiddie is doing everything in his power to be the second player on this team (17.1 points and 5.1 assists per game, shooting 40.7% of 3), as Jason Kidd is clearly not leaning towards Christian Wood for reasons of protection.
7. Clippers (11-7, LV 13). The Clippers are grateful Kawhi Leonard came back and they’re 3-0 since he’s back in the starting lineup. In those games, they are in the top 10 in the league on both offense and defense (Leonard was out on Wednesday night with an ankle problem). Tyrone Liu said he wants to create an offensive identity of “driving, touching paint, kicking, …