Knicks’ RJ Barrett, Frank Ntilikina questionable vs. Raptors, Kevin Knox doubtful
The New York Knicks visit the Toronto Raptors on Thanksgiving Eve tomorrow, and the expected homecoming for rookie guard RJ Barrett might be delayed after the team announced the Canadian native is questionable, per SNY’s Ian Begley.
Barrett (illness) is questionable for Wednesday’s Atlantic Division matchup with the Raptors in Ontario while third-year point guard Frank Ntilikina is questionable, too, with a contused left quad and sore groin. The 21-year-old French guard has been playing well of late since being moved into the starting lineup the past 12 games with sixth-year veteran floor general Elfrid Payton out with a hamstring injury.
Sophomore forward Kevin Knox is doubtful for the tilt with the reigning champion Raptors.
Despite Barrett’s illness—the third overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft out of the Duke missed his first career game on Sunday against the Brooklyn Nets—second-year head coach David Fizdale believes he will “probably” play in his Canadian homecoming, according to Begley.
David Fizdale said RJ Barrett will probably play in TOR. Sounds like Frank Ntilikina is likely to be available. There’s less certainty around Kevin Knox II. https://t.co/Dgj4Q5PD6L
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) November 26, 2019
Barrett leads the NBA’s rookie class in minutes per game, is fourth in scoring, second in rebounds per game even though he’s a 6-foot-7 guard, and leads the first-year class in steals per game. Barrett could be a contender in the 2019-20 Rookie of the Year winner; currently he’s competing with other top performers like second overall pick Ja Morant, Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn, and Golden State Warriors power forward Eric Paschall, among others through the early part of the season.
Barrett has looked like the most complete player on the Knicks at times this year, with this past summer’s disappointing free-agency haul revealing itself through New York’s 4-13 start.