If someone gave Quentin Grimes truth serum, he’d probably admit he had hoped to be drafted earlier on Thursday night.
But he got a good consolation prize in joining the Knicks, which he called a “match made in heaven” and “the perfect spot.”
“I felt like just leading up to the draft when I had my workouts with them, I feel like it was a great fit. I know Coach [Tom Thibodeau] is a tough, hard-nosed coach, and then coming from [Houston] Coach [Kelvin] Sampson, who is also a tough, hard-nosed coach, I felt like it would kind of be a match made in heaven,” Grimes said. “Just that he’s gonna be on you…
"And especially in New York, and I definitely want to be a part of it and knowing that they’re doing something special in New York. They made it to the playoffs, and I feel like in years to come, they’re gonna be even closer to even a Finals appearance, for sure.”
“I feel like I was picked in the perfect spot. I feel like some people might say that I was picked too low, picked too high or something like that, but I feel like I got picked in the right situation. I feel like going to New York is going to be a match made in heaven.”
The 21-year-old knows that it won’t just be the coaching staff testing his limits – the fans at Madison Square Garden will, too.
“They expect nothing but greatness every time you step on the court, they’re gonna be on hard you, tough-nosed, and I feel like I’ll be able to embody that Knicks culture and kind of, hopefully, bring that every night I play and step on the court playing in a Knicks jersey,” he said.
Grimes has, admittedly, long been labelled as a “three-and-D” type of player – that certainly gels into the Knicks’ system very well.
But the Knicks’ first-round pick from Thursday’s NBA Draft believes he has proven to be much more than that.
“I feel like coming out of high school, people, that’s kinda – didn’t label me as a shooter at all, so I feel like it was kind of the complete opposite, and I feel like I showed that at the combine, even the two games I played, just the way I was coming in off pick-and-rolls, and making plays, making shots for myself, and making passes, coming off pick-and-rolls and just in transition as well. I feel like early on, I might be kind of be labeled like a three-and-D because of how well I can shoot the ball, and how well I play defense, but I feel like I’ll definitely be able to grow into a really secondary ball handler and kind of be able to make plays and facilitate the rock and kinda just have a well-rounded, overall game…
“I feel like everybody knows that I’m a high-level shooter. I’m a high-level defender, but I feel like I’m also just – kind of, people just label me as a three-and-D guy, but I feel like I’m a lot more than that. I can play pick-and-roll, make plays, create plays for myself and others, but I feel like I could definitely have an immediate impact shooting the ball at a high level for threes and locking down defensively. Those are two things that I really pride myself and hang my hat on.”
But Grimes knows that his three-point shot and defense are his best abilities, and he feels with those aspects – especially his jumper – he can make in immediate impact. He said his three-ball is his most transferrable skill to the NBA.
“I think every team can’t have enough shooters on a team. You can always get better. Even Steph Curry, he’s always in the gym trying to perfect his craft. I feel like shooting for me is what I hang my hat on and my biggest skill. I feel like I’m always trying to be a more consistent shooter, knockdown shooter, and I feel like I’ll definitely kind of have an immediate impact with the Knicks right away with my shooting ability.”