1. Immanuel Quickley
First on the list comes former Kentucky Wildcat, Immanuel Quickley. Quickley isn't averaging the most points, rebounds, assists, steals, or blocks per game among other players on the list, but he's making a huge impact for the Knicks.
Quickley holds averages of 16.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game. His counting stats look great for a bench player, yet his advanced statistics look even better.
Quickley ranks top 40 in player efficiency rating, assist percentage, offensive win shares, box plus/minus, total win shares, and VORP, value over replacement player.
Despite no defensive statistics listed above, he also holds up defensively. Quickley ranks top 60 in defensive box plus/minus and defensive win shares. While the Knicks guard only stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 190, he defends with ferocity.
The former Wildcat is not the typical small tweener guard who specializes in a role off the bench. He's an efficient scorer, a great decision-maker, and a standout defender.
Watching Quickley in action is the easiest way to recognize his defensive brilliance. He uses his quickness to stay in front of his man and performs exceptionally well in isolation.
Known more for his offense, Quickley is still putting on a show in limited minutes, 25.5 minutes per game. His true shooting percentage is above 60 percent and he ranks 13th in the entire league in offensive rating.
As of now, Quickley is the frontrunner for the Sixth Man of the Year. His overall contributions trump just about every player on the list. And his value directly correlates with winning.