Jalen Rose thinks people are sleeping on RJ Barrett, Kevin Knox
Ask any New York Knicks fans about how the summer went for them, and what you’ll probably get is a punch and an angry rant before they break down in tears. This season was not supposed to be another rebuild. However, Jalen Rose thinks that the team has potential superstars in their roster in RJ Barrett and Kevin Knox.
SNY’s Ian Begley revealed what the analyst and former Knick thinks about the team’s young wing players.
“I think Knox is slept on, I think he’s going to have a breakthrough season. RJ Barrett, anytime you play alongside Zion (Williamson at Duke), people sleep on the fact that he actually led the team in scoring. So he put in work at Duke and I think both of those guys have potential. I think they’re both versatile.”
“You know what I like about both of those guys? And I say this as a member of the media but also as an elder statesman in the league, I always bet on guys that would be successful if they didn’t have basketball. If you look at both of them, they come from good families, they’re well spoken, they’re humble, smart. They’re measured. And they just happen to be talented athletes. To me, those are the characteristics that embody success and they both have it.”
Knox had a good season for a rookie. He averaged 12.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 72 games. Meanwhile, Barrett showed plenty of potential as Williamson’s running mate. He was actually considered the first overall pick in the 2019 rookie class before Zion exploded for the Blue Devils.
While the Knicks are expected to miss the playoffs again, the future is looking bright for them. If the Knicks stick to these two, they could have one of the best teams in the league in the next five years.