Who were the winners and losers of the New York Knicks picking RJ Barrett at No. 3 in the 2019 NBA draft?
On Thursday, the New York Knicks selected RJ Barrett with the 3rd overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. The pick was not a surprise to many, as many people feel Barrett is the first step towards restoring basketball glory to Madison Square Garden. After a weekend to process how Barrett will transition to the league and fit in with the franchise, this article will take a look at the winners and losers impacted by Barrett joining the Knicks.
By selecting Barrett third overall, Zion Williamson and Barrett became the sixth set of college teammates to be drafted in the top-three in the Common Draft Era. They’re also the second tandem from Duke to accomplish the feat, joining Jay Williams and Mike Dunleavy Jr. from 2002.
In addition to Williamson and Barrett, the Hawks selected former Blue Devil Cam Reddish 10th overall, making this the first time in program history Duke had three players selected in the top 10, something that has only happened one other time in the past 50 years when Al Horford, Corey Brewer and Joakim Noah were drafted from the University of Florida.
Loser: Frank Ntilikina
It’s no secret the Knicks were shopping Ntilikina throughout the draft process. New York was reportedly looking to receive a draft pick in the range of the early second round. However, the draft has now come and gone, and Ntilikina remains a Knick.