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NBA scouts optimistic about Cam Reddish’s ‘massive potential’

If Cam Reddish had tapped into his potential in his first two NBA seasons, the Hawks probably wouldn’t have made him available to the Knicks.

But despite some flaws in Reddish’s game and an Achilles injury which set him back last year, scouts believe he still has the edge, the perfect size for a wing and time to get a impact with the Knicks.

“Most of the time you say hey, when a guy’s been in the league for about three years, four years max, he’s who he is,” former 76ers scout Michael Vandegarde said in an interview. telephone. “But on the other hand, he’s still 22 and he’s missed a lot of time in his first three years. So you can see him as a glass half empty, a glass half full.

“A three and D guy, there’s a huge upside to that for Cam Reddish and maybe he can be more. Maybe he can be a guy who finds a little more offense in his game. He definitely has the skills to have more offense in his game.”

Cam Reddish still has a “huge advantage” according to an NBA scout.
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Considering what the Knicks gave up for Reddish — Kevin Knox and a protected first-round pick through Charlotte — Vandegarde thinks it was a deal worth making despite the former Duke star’s description as ” always a stranger.

Reddish is hitting career highs of 37.9% from deep and 90% from the free-throw line this season — the two most important numbers in determining whether a player can shoot, Vandegarde said. But Reddish was also shooting just 42.1% on 2-point field goals – which, had he played enough minutes to qualify for the league leaders, would be tied for the second-worst mark in the league. the NBA.

“He has a really questionable ability to make shots where he stops the dribble, where he maneuvers through traffic,” Vandegarde said. “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 has struggled for minutes with the Hawks (averaging 23.4 per game this season), but another scout thinks he could emerge in a bigger role with the Knicks.

“He’s a rising offensive player and can defend multiple positions,” an Eastern Conference scout said. “He’s only 22 and the Knicks don’t have such a talented big winger on the roster. Hope Cam gets a good chance and makes the most of it. ”

How many games Reddish plays will likely depend on how well he defends, especially under coach Tom Thibodeau.

“I think Thibs will do wonders for him in terms of intensity and defense,” Vandegarde said. “I think he has a chance to be a very good defender and I think you’re going to find out very quickly how Thibs feels about him.”

— Additional reporting by Marc Berman

New York Post

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