NY Knicks: Four Draft Prospects who complement RJ Barrett perfectly

NY Knicks, RJ Barrett (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
NY Knicks, RJ Barrett (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /
facebooktwitterreddit
Prev
4 of 5
Next
NY Knicks, RJ Barrett
NY Knicks, RJ Barrett (Photo by Soobum Im/Getty Images) /

Corey Kispert could be the missing piece for the NY Knicks and RJ Barrett

While swinging for the fences in the NBA Draft and taking a huge risk can reap rewards, it also pays off for organizations to pick up safe bets who can immediately step into complementary roles.

The prime example of this is the Phoneix Suns, who picked up upperclassmen in the first round such as Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson over the past few drafts. Those two were perfect floor spacers for stars Devin Booker and Chris Paul, playing a huge role in Phoenix’s Western Conference Championship.

Corey Kispert seems to be next in line.

Despite being 22 years old, there’s a good chance that the 4-year starter is the best shooter in the entire draft. He hit 44.0% from three on high volume, including an equally impressive 87.8% on free throws.

There’s a reason that his most popular pre-draft comparison is Joe Harris, who led the NBA in three-point percentage this past season.

However, he doesn’t possess otherworldly athleticism or the ability to routine create his own shots.

His defense is acceptable, but it’s fair to question how he’s going to react when he isn’t guarding guys that are 18 or 19 years old.

This puts a limit on his ceiling as a player and is the main reason why he has slipped a bit in recent mock drafts.

His elite shooting will still take him far, and it could be perfect for the Knicks as they need players to space the floor for Barrett.

While Williams and Springer’s shots should theoretically translate to the pros, it’s almost a given that Kispert will be an above-average shooter the minute he steps on an NBA court.

Defenses would then have to gameplan against Kispert’s movement shooting and Barrett’s forays into the paint, so it’s not hard to see them becoming a solid offensive duo.