Current New York Knicks guard and former high school super-athlete Miles McBride played both basketball and football at Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. During McBride’s high school football career, he played quarterback. Former Knick Charlie Ward won the Heisman Trophy Award at Florida State University while playing his primary position which was also quarterback. The New York Knicks’ 1994 first round pick, 26th overall, went on to have a rock solid career with the Knicks for ten seasons, from 1994 – 2004. Ward averaged 6.3-points, 2.6- rebounds, 4-assists, to go along with 1.2-steals per game throughout his entire career during regular season play which consisted of 630 regular season games. Could Miles McBride be a diamond in the rough at the point guard position due to his natural position as quarterback in football? McBride can play dual guard position, however point guard might be McBrides strength. Did the Knicks organization take a long enough look at McBride at point guard?.
Miles McBride’s Mid-Season Golden Opportunity Got Cut Short Due To An Illness.
December 16th 2021 during a road game against the Houston Rockets, Miles McBride looked like a solid NBA point guard. Immanuel Quickley played mostly off-ball that game and both guards looked comfortable playing to their strengths. Marc Berman of the New York Post emphasized that game against the Rockets when talking about Miles McBride on The Knick Of Time Show. McBride played the most minutes off the bench that night when Derrick Rose exited the game due to ankle discomfort. In 35-minutes, McBride’s solid play on both ends of the court left him with a stat line of 15-points, 9-assists, and 4-steals. The Knicks crushed the Rockets that night 116-103. Immanuel Quickley also went off that night scoring 24-points on 7-10 three point shooting. McBride missed the next five games due to illness and never really regained rhythm until arguably later in the season. After the solid performance against the Houston Rockets, Miles McBride stated the following:
I felt like I could continue to impact winning, and I guess Thibs did, too. Honestly, every time I step on the court, I just want to impact winning. If that means on the defensive end, I’m always gonna bring it, and offensively, I’m just gonna read what the game gives me. I feel like it’s just buried in my DNA – just be an absolute monster on DNA.Miles McBride
McBride’s Impact On Game Increases Knicks Chances Of Winning
Miles McBride plays the game extremely tough and it contributes positively to winning basketball. The Knicks identity change into a tough hard nosed defensive team when McBride is in the game. However, the Knicks are suffering from too much veteran depth and it’s taking away from McBrides opportunities to flourish and help the Knicks. Charlie Ward played with a similar kind of toughness which is why Ward was part of the 1999 championship run with the New York Knicks. Playing the game tough, smart, and correctly will take a team to unimaginable places. Knicks front office must begin to trust their draft selections and rely less on free agency unless a certain FA signing is a near perfect fit and home-run.