Knicks Draft Rumors: RJ Barrett to Meet with NY After They Land No. 3 Pick

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 15, 2019

Duke forward RJ Barrett (5) reacts after scoring against Michigan State during the second half of an NCAA men's East Regional final college basketball game in Washington, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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The New York Knicks didn't get the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft, but they still have a chance to get a former Duke star with the No. 3 selection. 

After Tuesday's lottery results, the Knicks brass is expected to meet with RJ Barrett Wednesday in Chicago, according to Adam Zagoria of the New York Times.

The New Orleans Pelicans landed the first overall pick and are the overwhelming favorites to select Zion Williamson. 

The Memphis Grizzlies will have the No. 2 selection, which many believe should be JaMorant out of Murray State. The point guard has tremendous upside thanks to his athleticism and passing ability and could take over for Mike Conley Jr. as the team's future offensive leader.

This would leave the Knicks with Barrett, who was overshadowed by Williamson at Duke last season but was oftentimes the best player on the floor.

The 6'7" wing was a consensus All-American as a freshman last season while averaging 22.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. Even though his efficiency left a lot to be desired, he showed a unique ability to create shots for himself all over the court, which should translate well to the next level.

His skill set had him ranked as the No. 1 overall recruit in the 2018 class, per 247Sports. His play could even make him better than his former teammate:

New York will have until June 20 to make a decision, which could also come down to what happens ahead of the team with the first two picks. However, the Knicks seem to be getting a head start in their draft process by getting a close look at Barrett.

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