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Analysis: Knicks draft RJ Barrett No. 3

Pre-Draft Analysis

Areas Of Strength
With only four guaranteed contracts on the books for next season, the Knicks have the ability to go star shopping this summer. Though they have the league's worst record over the last 20 seasons, there's still some appeal in playing in New York and at Madison Square Garden.

Needs Work
When you have the worst record in the league, there's a lot that needs work. The Knicks ranked in the bottom five in both offensive and defensive efficiency, without a clear direction on either end of the floor. The offense wasn't very cohesive and the defense was generally awful.

A Stat That Matters
72.5 percent -- Knicks' opponents took 72.5 percent of their shots from the restricted area (36.2 percent, second highest rate) or 3-point range (36.4 percent, 16th highest rate), the highest opponent rate in the league. New York ranked 26th in defensive efficiency, in the bottom 10 for the 12th time in the last 15 seasons.

-- John Schuhmann

The Way To Go
Given the barren state of their roster, the Knicks will take whatever they can get, both in the Draft (where they should get a potential star with the third pick) and in free agency. It's no secret that they've been targeting one or two major free agents, and if they can hit more than one, they can turn things around very quickly.

Under Contract
G: Damyean Dotson
G: Frank Ntilikina
G: Dennis Smith Jr.
F: Kevin Knox

F: Lance Thomas
C: Mitchell Robinson

Free Agents
G: John Jenkins (team option)
G: Emmanuel Mudiay (restricted)
G: Allonzo Trier (team option)
F/G: Billy Garrett (team option)
F: Henry Ellenson (team option)

F: Mario Hezonja (unrestricted)
F: Isaiah Hicks (restricted)
F: Noah Vonleh (unrestricted)
F/C: Luke Kornet (restricted)

C: DeAndre Jordan (unrestricted)
> 2019 Free Agent Tracker

Recent Draft History
2018: Kevin Knox (9); Mitchell Robinson (36)
2017: Frank Ntilikina (8); Damyean Dotson (44); Ognjen Jaramaz (58)
2016: None
2015: Kristaps Porzingis (4)
2014: Cleanthony Early (34); Thanasis Antetokounmpo (51)

-- John Schuhmann


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