Cam Reddish hopeful to make Knicks debut on Sunday vs. Clippers

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Cam Reddish on the bench mask on, next to Quentin Grimes
Cam Reddish on the bench mask on, next to Quentin Grimes

The Knicks acquired wing Cam Reddish from the Atlanta Hawks on Jan. 13, but the 22-year-old has yet to play for the team due to an ankle injury.

Reddish spoke to reporters on Saturday ahead of the team's matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at home, and was asked if he's ready to suit up for the first time in a Knicks uniform.

“I feel good, I would say 100 percent is pretty accurate,” Reddish said. “Looking forward to get out there tomorrow... That’s the hope, yeah."

The Duke product has averaged just 11.1 points per game over 26.3 minutes in three seasons with the Hawks. He's played in only 118 games with 62 starts, but a majority of them came during his rookie season.

Reddish was then asked what more he thinks he can give on the court.

“I would say my playmaking ability, I think I’m a really good playmaker,” Reddish said. “Kind of been, I wouldn’t say be forced into shooters roles, but I’ve just been in the shooter role for a lot of my career. I’m looking forward to be able to be a playmaker, and obviously, getting after it on defense.”

Reddish is a career 32.9 percent three-point shooter, and is shooting a career-high 37.9 percent from deep this season. He struggled last year and shot just 26.2 percent from beyond the arc, but only played in 26 games due to injury.

He told reporters last week when the Knicks played in Atlanta that he hasn't accomplished much in his career, but he believes patience will pay off.

“It doesn’t really bother me, great things take time,” Reddish said. “I’m just taking it day by day, trying to get better every single day. And that’s really all I can control right now, so I’m gonna do just that.”

Reddish had never met Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau before joining the team, and was asked his thoughts about him so far. Reddish has had intense coaches before in his career, like the legendary Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, and is prepared to learn more from Thibs at the NBA level.

"He's competitive, really competitive, intense competitor, detail-oriented," Reddish said. "I'm still trying to learn, I really am. To be honest with you, I'm still trying to figure it all out. I can probably tell you more in a couple weeks."

Thibodeau spoke about if the team can expect Reddish to be ready to play against the Clippers on Sunday, mentioning that he's practicing at full speed with contact.

"He's getting closer, he's picking up a lot of stuff right now," Thibodeau said. "I think he's pretty healthy, so that's the first positive sign. He's been coming in early, practicing well, and then staying late. So, we'll see where he is tomorrow."

Thibs added that he has to be patient with the team's current rotation and see where Reddish can fit.

"We have a rotation, so he has to work his way through that, but I'm very pleased with what he's done so far," Thibodeau said.