The calls for starting Immanuel Quickley at point guard have died down.
The Knicks’ 6-foot-3 combo guard, recently billed as a potential rookie-of-the-year candidate once LaMelo Ball suffered a season-ending injury, has seen some slippage.
For a player whose defense is below average and who is not considered a playmaker, the Knicks need his shooting efficiency to be better than it has been.
Following a dud game versus the Nets on Monday, Quickley is shooting just 38.4 percent from the field. The 21-year-old played just 13 minutes in Brooklyn, shooting 1 of 4 for three points, having problems on the defensive end as Kyrie Irving and Co. posted a three-game sweep.
Quickly played just three minutes in the second half — benched for most of the fourth quarter, likely for defensive concerns.
The rookie wall could be a factor in his dip, but also the question looms as to whether he’s really the point guard of the future or a solid bench scorer with moxie who lacks the playmaking skills to make teammates better.