Potential New York Knicks late first or early second round 2021 NBA Draft pick Nah’Shon “Bones” Hyland is arguably the best shooter in 2021’s deep draft class. His versatility off the bounce and ability to hit shots from nearly anywhere on the court has NBA scouts intrigued. Even Jamal Crawford took some time to acknowledge the talented Nah’Shon Hyland.
@BizzyBones11 is nice! Keep going..— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) June 25, 2021
Bones is a floor spacing and secondary playmaking guard. With decent team defense and length as a 6’3 combo guard with a plus wingspan, Bones would fit seamlessly with the New York Knicks second unit next season. Tom Thibodeau and the Knicks expressed their interest in prospects with shot making ability. However, Bones leaves a little to be desired when it comes to his on-ball defense. Adding strength would most likely fix his short coming in that department. Defensively, Hyland is known to be a smart team defender, therefore, under Thibodeau and the rest of the Knicks coaching staff, Hyland has a chance to improve defensively as he gains NBA experience and physical strength. The Virginia Commonwealth Rams product has the length to effectively guard two positions, point guards and smaller shooting guards.
During the draft combine interview, Tom Thibodeau mentioned targeting shooters and players who know how to handle adversity. One can argue to look no further than Nah’Shon Hyland due to his tragic childhood story in which he tore his patella tendon in a failed attempt to rescue his grandmother and cousin from a house fire. This was a very unfortunate situation many wouldn’t have made it out of, yet Hyland rehabbed his injury and continued pushing toward perfecting his craft on the basketball court. Now he will have the chance to hear his name called in the 2021 NBA Draft.
Nah’Shon Hyland Shines During 2021 NBA Draft Combine.
Nah’Shon “Bones” Hyland worked out for the New York Knicks recently and some say he has a similar offensive style to Immanuel Quickley. During the NBA Draft Combine scrimmage, Bones tallied 17-points, 2-blocks, 4-assists, 6-rebounds, and one steal on 7-11 shooting from the field. Bones also hit three out of five three pointers lifting his draft stock. There are suddenly whispers of him entering the first round. He has caught the attention of many scouts at the combine.
My Biggest Winners of the 2021 NBA Draft Combine:— Brett Siegel (@BrettSiegelNBA) June 25, 2021
– Nah'Shon Hyland (VCU)
– Joshua Primo (Alabama)
– Josh Christopher (Arizona State)
– Quentin Grimes (Houston)
– Jason Preston (Ohio)
– Isaiah Mobley (USC)
– AJ Lawson (South Carolina)
– Joe Wieskamp (Iowa)
– Jericho Sims (Texas)
Nah’Shon Hyland & Immanuel Quickley Have Glaring Similarities.
Breaking down film with VCU guard Bones Hyland after his statement game during yesterday’s NBA Combine. Hyland has a little Immanuel Quickley to his game with his deep range and footwork off the bounce. 6-3.5 with a 6-9 wingspan and a lot of game off the dribble. pic.twitter.com/5nvyNccm94— Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) June 25, 2021
Good morning Immanuel Quickley I mean Bones Hyland same thing— Adam Kester (@CasualKest) June 25, 2021
Hyland didn’t hide his admiration for Immanuel Quickley during his interview with ESPN’s Draft Analysis Mike Schmitz. The Delaware and Maryland connection would form a nice second unit duo off the bench for the Knicks, unless Quickley is moved into the starting lineup to replace Elfrid Payton. With Vildoza in the mix, there is argument about the Knicks not even targeting a point guard, which would make sense. However, the tight lipped front office in New York aren’t giving any indications on what could happen on draft night. Both Quickley and Hyland can spread the floor with deep three point range, and both have a deadly floater in their arsenals, potentially causing nightmares for opposing defenses and coaches in a pick and roll situation with an elite rim running big like the 7’1” tall lob catching monster, Mitchell Robinson.