Where does Knicks’ RJ Barrett rank among NBA stars 22 and under?

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH - FEBRUARY 07: RJ Barrett #9 of the New York Knicks in action during the second half of a game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena on February 07, 2022 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH - FEBRUARY 07: RJ Barrett #9 of the New York Knicks in action during the second half of a game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena on February 07, 2022 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images) /
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Memphis Grizzlies, Ja Morant
Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies. (Photo by: Petre Thomas/USA TODAY Sports) /

Tier 1: The “Hall of Fame” Tier

3. Zion Williamson

Fan Vote Rank: 4th

Data Rank: 2nd

Media Rank: 3rd

Average Rank: 3rd

2. Ja Morant

Fan Vote Rank: 2nd

Data Rank: 4th

Media Rank: 2nd

Average Rank: 2.7

1. Luka Doncic

Fan Vote Rank: 1st

Data Rank: 1st

Media Rank: 1st

Let’s take each of the guys in this tier on an individual basis. Williamson obviously has serious concerns right now. He has missed a ton of games in his short career.

However, when he has played, hooo boy. It’s hard not to get excited about who he can be and how he might dominate this league.

Morant is a walking highlight reel. I’ll expand on that, but that’s all you need to know, really. The dude is having an unbelievable season leading a young Grizzlies team to a frighteningly good record.

Many New York fans have lamented not drafting high enough to take him in 2019. It’s an understandable sentiment.

And then there’s Luka. What can you say about him? The man arguably belongs in a tier by himself, as he is the clear-cut number one on this list. Fans ranked him first. The data ranked him first. The media ranked him first.

Any Knicks fan who says they would take Barrett over him is either a crazy homer or a liar, but they’re definitely one of those two.