The New York Knicks should hold onto their top young player.
New York Knicks slasher RJ Barrett excelled in his sophomore campaign after an up-and-down rookie season, firmly cementing himself as the team’s hope for the future. At 20 years old he averaged 17.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game on 44-40-75 shooting splits.
Some rumors have surfaced regarding the future of various superstar players such as Damian Lillard, who may demand a trade this offseason.
Team President Leon Rose may initiate talks with opposing front offices when trying to give up assets and acquire a top player, but Barrett should be off the table in any trade discussions.
The young wing looks primed to take a few more leaps in development given his drastic improvements over the past season and the Knicks should wait and see how high his ceiling as a player truly is.
At 6’6″ with a 6’10” wingspan, Barrett possesses the size and speed combination that could make him unguardable once he enters his prime. He can already bully smaller shooting guards in the post but is also quick enough to maneuver his way around larger forwards.
Barrett’s impressive work ethic is well-documented so it wouldn’t be surprising to see the former 3rd overall pick launch himself into stardom as early as next season.
The Knicks finally have stability among the coaching staff and front office, providing a strong developmental environment for young players (such as Barrett) to truly tap into their potential as a pro. His current production and future success should keep him in the blue and orange for a long time, here’s why.