The New York Knicks signed sharpshooter Svi Mykhailiuk on Sept. 18, and while he may not see much playing time with the team next season, he really can shoot the ball.
Mykhailiuk has hopped between the Lakers, Pistons and Raptors throughout his career, and his best seasons have come in Detroit when he has consistent game time.
He appeared in 56 games with the Raptors last season and averaged 4.6 points per game. So he’s hoping for more minutes in New York so he can build some value back up.
For what it’s worth, Mykhailiuk’s former coach Norm Roberts believes he will be a solid pick for the Knicks.
Roberts, an assistant with the Kansas Jayhawks since 2012, worked with Mykhailiuk during his four years there, so he knows a thing or two about his abilities.
“Shoot, he’ll be good for her,” Roberts told Forbes. “He can shoot them [heck] Off the ball, he’s more athletic than you’d think.”
Teams across the NBA could use more shooting, so it makes sense for the Sharpshooter to find a team to cling to, but he was never able to find a long-term home. Roberts has still hyped the signing but that alone won’t be enough to buy him playing time.
“He’s got a deep, deep reach and he’s got a very, very quick release,” Roberts continued. “He can do more than just shoot because he can do some things when he plays his fake shot. I think he’s a really, really good player. It’s a great recording for them because if they need recording, he can definitely deliver.”
The biggest problem for Mykhailiuk now will be finding a way to get minutes. With Cam Reddish struggling to find minutes in the team being a player the Knicks gave up a first round win for, it doesn’t bode well for Mykhailiuk.
A strong three-point shot is definitely a good selling point for him, but it might not be enough for minutes unless the Knicks make a move before the season starts.
There appear to be two trade candidates on the list and they are Evan Fournier and Julius Randle. Both players have big contracts, but they are not entirely talentless.
Randle isn’t far from making an all-star team, so maybe he could find that form again. As for Fournier, he may be better suited to come off the bench but his larger contract makes that a difficult option.
If the Knicks don’t trade him, they could still start Quentin Grimes over Fournier later in the season. It’s a move fans have been talking about and with a strong Summer League performance for Grimes, a good start to the season could be all it takes manager Tom Thibodeau to make the move.
Thibs was slow to make rotation changes last season and it played a big part in the team’s struggles, leaving fans hoping he doesn’t do the same this year.