After striking out on every big name on the market, the Knicks became the laughing stock of the community yet again. This summer had become the latest of a string of misfortune for the franchise. Another year of rebuilding is in store.
But are we overlooking some of their talent?
According to ESPN’s Jalen Rose, two young players, in particular, may have more punch than people think.
(via SNY’s Ian Begley)
“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.”
The Knicks traded their only franchise star, Kristaps Porzingis, for cap flexibility last season. They have yet to find a replacement. Could Knox and Barrett be the next ones up?
Knox had a relatively rough rookie season, showing inconsistency through the 75 game she played. He averaged 12.8 points on 37% shooting.
Barrett, meanwhile, is coming in as a college sensation. In Duke, he averaged 22.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 4.3 assists on 45% shooting alongside worldwide star Zion Williamson.
All things considered, the Knicks could certainly do worse…