If Cam Reddish had performed as much as his potential in his first two-plus seasons within the NBA, the Hawks seemingly would not have made him available for the Knicks’ taking.
However regardless of some flaws in Reddish’s sport and an Achilles damage that set him again final yr, scouts imagine he nonetheless has the upside, excellent dimension for a wing and time to make an impact with the Knicks.
“Most of the time, you say hey, when a guy’s been in the league about three years, maximum four years, he is what he is,” former 76ers scout Michael Vandegarde mentioned in a telephone interview. “However on the flip facet, he nonetheless is 22 and he missed a big chunk of time over his first three years. So you might have a look at it as a glass half-empty, glass half-full.
“A three-and-D guy, there’s massive upside to that for Cam Reddish and maybe he can be more. Maybe he can be a guy that finds a little more offense in his game. He definitely has the skill set to have more offense in his game.”
Contemplating what the Knicks gave up for Reddish — Kevin Knox and a protected first-round choose by way of Charlotte — Vandegarde believes it was a deal value making regardless of describing the previous Duke star as “still an unknown.”
Reddish is taking pictures career-highs of 37.9 p.c from deep and 90 p.c from the free-throw line this season — the 2 most essential numbers when figuring out whether or not a participant can shoot, Vandegarde mentioned. However Reddish was additionally taking pictures simply 42.1 p.c on 2-point discipline objectives — which if he had performed sufficient minutes to qualify for league leaders, could be tied for the second-worst mark within the NBA.
“He has real questionable ability to make shots where he’s pulling up off the dribble, where he’s maneuvering through traffic,” Vandegarde mentioned. “But he’s not even 22 yet and he’s got the size [6-foot-8] and length [7-foot-1 wingspan] you covet.”
Reddish was combating for minutes with the Hawks (averaging 23.4 per sport this season), however one other scout believes he might emerge in an even bigger function with the Knicks.
“He’s an ascending offensive participant and might defend a number of positions,’’ an Jap Convention scout mentioned. “He’s simply 22 and the Knicks don’t have an enormous wing that gifted on the roster. Cam hopefully will get a good shot at this and benefit from it.’’
How a lot Reddish performs will seemingly depend upon how he defends, particularly below coach Tom Thibodeau.
“I think Thibs will do wonders for him in terms of intensity and defense,” Vandegarde mentioned. “I would think he’s got a chance to be a really good defender and I think you’re going to find out real quickly what Thibs feels about him.”
— Further reporting by Marc Berman