NY Knicks: Four Draft Prospects who complement RJ Barrett perfectly

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Jaden Springer would fit perfectly alongside RJ Barrett on the NY Knicks

Jaden Springer’s numbers don’t jump off the stat sheet, but there’s still a lot to like about the young combo guard.

He averaged 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game on 47-44-81 shooting splits.

The conversation about Springer always starts with defense, as his ball-stopping efforts are immaculate. He’s always attentive, routinely using his 6’8″ wingspan to suffocate opposing guards who try to get past him.

On the other end of the court, he operates more in an off-ball role. He can occasionally lead an offense, but it won’t be something that he’ll be able to do full-time as soon as he enters the league.

His three-point shot is smooth and his percentages are excellent, but it’s a bit of a gamble considering his extremely low volume. (0.8 three-point makes per game)

However, Springer doesn’t turn 19 until late September and is one of the youngest prospects in the entire draft class. His potential is immense.

Considering Barrett is most effective with the ball in his hands, Springer’s aggressive defense and shooting capability should be an ideal fit.

He can also slide between both guard spots, providing versatility for Barrett to use his size against opposing shooting guards or his speed against opposing small forwards.

Springer already worked out for the Knicks early in the pre-draft process, so it seems like New York has their radar on the Tennessee guard.