The New York Knicks have the No. 3 overall pick in the upcoming 2019 NBA Draft, the fourth year in a row it will have a top 10 pick. And who do the mock drafts have them taking? The majority of them are saying RJ Barrett is the obvious choice – and former Kentucky forward Kevin Knox is into the idea.
According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Knox said “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.’’
Knox was the No. 9 overall pick for the Knicks in last year’s draft, but he struggled to consistently score in his rookie season. With averages of 12.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, while shooting a mere 37 percent from the field, there is plenty he can improve upon. An easy way to do that is for the Knicks to slot him next to a guy that can help take the pressure off of him to score.
A lot of this has to do with whether or not Barrett becomes a better passer, which would theoretically open up more room for Knox to get to his spots or attack the hoop against a recovering defense.
“If we get the opportunity [to be teammates], I think we’d jell really well,’’ Knox said. “He’s a great player. He can pass well, score the ball well. I think we’d complement each other.’’
I typically don’t hold any will ill towards former Duke player once they enter the NBA (outside of Grayson Allen) and I won’t do the same towards Barrett, either. He’s an exciting prospect with explosive athleticism and dangerous dribble moves who is perfect to create highlight after highlight in Madison Square Garden.
Plus, the Knicks have the cap space to sign a big-time free agent this summer, too. Knox, Barrett, and Kevin Durant anyone??? Well, that is if the Knicks don’t trade the pick for Anthony Davis beforehand. Knox, Davis, and Durant ANYONE???