NY Knicks: Four Draft Prospects who complement RJ Barrett perfectly

NY Knicks, RJ Barrett (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
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Could Sharife Cooper be the point guard of the future for the NY Knicks?

The Knicks have been looking for their long-term answer at point guard, a role that Sharife Cooper may be able to fill.

Eligibility concerns and an ankle injury caused him to suit up in just 12 games this past season, but he did his best to make the most of them.

He averaged 20.2 points and 8.1 assists per game, a mark that would have ranked 2nd in all of NCAA basketball if he was able to qualify.

He showed the ability to get into the paint and draw contact, averaging an impressive 8.6 free throw attempts per game.

He shot 46.5% inside the arc but connected on just 22.8% of his threes after being an incredible shooter in high school.

His 82.5% free throw mark does show that his shot isn’t completely broken, it just needs a few adjustments.

To go along with his shooting struggles, he frequently got lost on defense and had trouble getting through screens.

It doesn’t help that his 6’1″, 180-pound frame doesn’t exactly project him as an above-average defender in the pros either.

However, his passing instincts are immaculate and his ability to score at will should absolutely keep him in the conversation within the Knicks front office.

Starting point guard Elfrid Payton averaged a measly 3.2 assists per game last year, so Barrett and the rest of New York’s offense would heavily benefit from a playmaking savant such as Cooper.

Pairing Cooper in the backcourt with Barrett would give the Knicks two dynamic scorers who can also generate easy looks for others. It would be a nightmare for opposing defenses.

New York has positioned itself to be able to grab almost any player in the 15-32 range in this year’s draft, and there’s going to be a lot of talent to choose from.

If they can manage to snag any of these four players, franchise cornerstone RJ Barrett and the rest of the Knicks roster are going to thrive.

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