As the commercial market heats up as the NBA’s December 15 ban approaches, allowing players who signed new contracts in this year’s league to trade, the Knicks are expected to operate on commercial market. During this cycle, they were on the other side of the Orange Reddish sweepstakes. Ahead of the 2022 trading deadline, New York forwarded the first round belonging to the Charlotte Hornets and 2018 draft bust Kevin Knox, to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for the Reddish. Wing is highly appreciated, who was once voted by colleagues in the draft as a person the best player in his class for five years Down the line by his draft colleagues never got the breakthrough his fans have been waiting for.
There are still believers willing to be caught up in the Ponzi scheme that is the potential of 23-year-old Reddish. Reportedly, the list of Reddish suitors includes the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks – three teams that should have known better. At some point, the Federal Trade Commission had to intervene in these potential Reddish commercial scenarios. Whoever gets Reddish will be the third professional team – fourth if we include Duke – to have taken out Reddish. The 6-foot-7 forward has flashed the possibilities for his game before as the Hawk and earlier this season as the Knick to get his hive buzzing – but the flashy moments That morning usually entails a month of failure.
Reddish’s mythology was created during a distinguished career in high school. However, before his senior year at Westtown High, Reddish’s 17 games on the EYBL track, in which he shot 40% from the field and 29.7% of his three, sparked raised concerns. At the Nike Hoop Summit, he was overtaken by former Blue Devils and current Knicks teammates RJ Barrett and his engine become a topic of discussion.
When he shared the Duke stage with Zion Williamson and Barrett, it became clear that he was not a prospect of their caliber. If Reddish isn’t free to shoot, he can’t seem to find a way. The move from point midfielder to wingless winger was an understandable shock to his system, but not uncommon or unexpected. Very few 6-foot-7 ball-handlers with 7-foot-1 wingspans make it into the tournament as point guards unless they are naturally gifted offensive initiators.
The transition from a player in possession to a winger without the ball who has to choose his position is common to most Toan American reserve students. In high school when Reddish was bigger, faster, and stronger than his opponent, he was a highly usable person. In a smaller role, his efficiency should have improved. Instead, his performance was downright lousy and he struggled to find other ways to contribute. The defense was focused on his teammates and Reddish responded by shooting 33% from behind the arc and making 40% fewer of his 2-point goals.
The jumpers shooting red like the lights out in the gym should have started the dizzying decline of his draft stock. However, Atlanta felt compelled to place 10th overall. In New York, it’s the same way. His streaks can be hotter than the earth’s core or cooler than the depths of outer space. He’ll hit 30 points one night and barely eclipse the double digits over the next four.
The Knicks were caught up in a risky deal they should have known they were going to be on the other end. The Hawks ultimately threw Charlotte pick in their package deal for Dejounte Murray.
Reportedly, the market price for Reddish is a second pick or player under rookie contract, but the asking price for the Knicks is higher according to Newsday’s Steve Popper. New York is playing a bad game with one of the worst poker players in the NBA. All Reddish has done in the Knick uniform is to score an even lower 28.7% scoring rate while at the same time increasing his 38 percent shot rate from the field as Hawk to 43. % at the Russell Westbrook level.
If Reddish’s cap was too high, the Knicks wouldn’t have abandoned him less than a year after he’d been on the job. Since not scoring a goal for nine minutes on December 3, Reddish has become a DNP outside of Tom Thibodeau’s rotation. Reddish is an empty markup package. This 720 degree air ball resists Miami Heat in 2019, is a microcosm of his career. Excellent in theory, but he should have passed. There will certainly be an executive who believes they could be the one to unlock Reddish, but the theory of what Reddish could be doesn’t seem to stand the test of reality.