Knicks Introduce Draft Picks RJ Barrett, Ignas Brazdeikas

"Let’s Try To Get Back To That Championship Way”

Jake Brown
June 21, 2019 - 1:19 pm

With the Knicks, you really never know how NBA Draft night is going to go. Over and over again, they have disappointed the fan base with questionable picks in the first round that never panned out. Whether it's Michael Sweetney, Jordan Hill, Renaldo Balkman and most recently, Frank Ntilikina, the Knicks haven't had the best track record come draft night. 

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There were no complaints and crying Knicks fans this time around when the team selected Duke guard/forward RJ Barrett with the No. 3 pick. Barrett was favorite to come to New York and he badly wanted the Knicks to pick him. The Knicks didn't screw this one up and made the right choice. While Barrett has plenty of room to grow, this was the right start to a team that badly needs someone to be able to contribute immediately. He probably won't be as much of a reclamation project that guys like Ntilikina and Kevin Knox are. 

The Knicks traded up from the 55th pick and included some cash to get the 47th to take Michigan forward Ignas Brazdeikis. The 6'7" forward is a versatile scoring win that played alongside Barrett on the Canadien team. The Knicks picked two of the six Canadiens in the draft. He'll give the Knicks a guy who can knock down outside shots and score in a variety of ways. Playing just one year at Michigan, he will also have plenty of room for development. 

Related: Schmeelk: Knicks Fans Have To Be Patient With RJ Barrett

The Knicks introduced Barrett and Brazdeikis in an introductory press conference Friday. Here's some highlights of what the two rookies had to say about heading to the NBA and beginning their careers in the Big Apple. 

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