RUMOR: Knicks have Ja Morant ahead of R.J. Barrett on their early NBA Draft board
The New York Knicks may have failed to win the first overall pick in the draft lottery last Tuesday, but they are still in a very good position with the No.3 pick.
It is expected that the New Orleans Pelicans will select collegiate megastar Zion Williamson with the No.1 pick. And depending on who the Memphis Grizzlies select with the second pick, the Knicks will have an opportunity to get either Murray State’s Ja Morant or Williamson’s Duke teammate RJ Barrett.
The Knicks met with both Morant and Barrett last Wednesday, and according to Marc Berman of The New York Post, the team is leaning towards drafting the former this June if he’s still available.
According to a source, the Knicks have Morant as a slight edge over Barrett on their early board but there’s still more to the draft process such as workouts and more interviews. The Knicks met with Barrett and Morant Wednesday, the day after the lottery.
Morant has been the projected to go second overall in most mock drafts before and after the lottery. Some people even consider him as the player with more upside compared to Williamson.
However, there are still some experts who believe that Barrett is the best player in this year’s draft class. So it is clear that the Knicks are still in a win-win situation no matter who they end up getting this summer.