Knicks’ Kevin Knox likes the prospect of playing alongside RJ Barrett
The New York Knicks have the third overall pick in this month’s draft. The consensus around the league is that they will use it to select Duke University product RJ Barrett. Kevin Knox, the Knicks’ lottery pick last season, is excited about the possibility of playing with the 18-year-old prospect.
In an interview with New York Post’s Marc Berman, Knox said that he raves about the idea of Knicks selecting RJ Barrett because of his overall skill set. He also believes their pairing will provide a lot of great things to the team.
“If we get the opportunity [to be teammates], I think we’d jell really well. He’s a great player. He can pass well, score the ball well. I think we’d complement each other.’’
Kevin Knox had a chance to play against Barrett several times when they were in high school, so he knows what the young forward can bring to the table.
“That’s my guy — I played against him a couple of times in high school. He’s a great player. If I can get a chance to play with him, it would be a great opportunity.’’
The Knicks missed the opportunity to nab the first and second overall picks, which fell to the New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies respectively. It is one of the main reasons why they are not yet giving their 100 percent commitment to drafting Barrett.
There are reports that the Knicks are considering trading down in the draft, with the Atlanta Hawks’ eighth and tenth picks as their primary targets if they choose to move forward with this plan. However, if they decide to keep the pick, nabbing the best available talent in the draft is their best option.
Unless Zion Williamson or Ja Morant is available when it’s their turn to pick, the wisest thing for the Knicks to do is select Barrett.