NY Knicks: Can a Barrett/Reddish combo lure Zion Williamson to NYC?

RJ Barrett, Cam Reddish, Zion Williamson, New York Knicks(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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NY Knicks: The on-court fit

This leads to one last key question: What would a combination of Williamson, Barrett, and Reddish mean for the Knicks?

We would all agree that the addition of Zion would be a win for the franchise. Particularly if he came as a free agent (rather than a trade that would require assets leaving NYC). However, Zion’s career has admittedly looked different than many expected when he was drafted.

When on the court, the former #1 overall pick has been a truly unique force. He has averaged an elite 25.7 points and seven rebounds per contest. This comes on shooting efficiency numbers that are among the best in league history.

Williamson’s 19.5 points per game in the paint are the most in the league since prime Shaq was ripping down backboards on his way to dominating the league. In fact, the Pelican’s forward outpaces two-time MVP and NBA Champion Giannis Antetokounmpo in paint production.

This efficiency, combined with a top-tier offensive rebound rate is a lethal combo. Zion hits his shots at a Shaq-like rate. And in the rare event that he misses, he offensive rebounds at a league-best level. This gives him a second chance at Shaq-like shooting. It’s a real-life cheat code.

While all may seem perfect, Zion’s ability to stay on the court has become a point of concern. After playing just 24 games during his rookie season, he was able to appear in only 61 during his sophomore campaign. Notably, he has yet to appear during the 2021-2022 season and remains without a recovery timeline.

Reports that the 6’6″ star, who has drawn scrutiny for weight concerns, hit the 330lb mark this season drew ire from the national media.

These concerns may lead to his departure from New Orleans when he hits free agency in 2024. It potentially opens the door for a Duke reunion with the Knicks in NYC.

Does this guarantee New York a title? Probably not. More would need to be done with the roster.

However, a core centered around a prime Zion, Barrett, and Reddish, would give the Knicks a major boost in on-court play, popularity, and star power.

The move would place the Knicks in a legitimate position to contend in the Eastern Conference and seriously pursue their first NBA title since 1973.

Cross your fingers and pray that this small Reddish trade could set the franchise up for much more in the coming seasons.

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