4. R.J. Barrett
The Knicks have been hunting a star for more than one year. Credit Leon Rose for staying patient and waiting for the right piece that makes them a true title contender, but time is running out. The Knicks have four first-round picks from other teams, but they are all over the next two drafts. Now is the time for New York to strike, and Karl-Anthony Towns may be the best player available.
The Knicks passed on Donovan Mitchell and have shown no interest in Damian Lillard or James Harden. New York is committed to Jalen Brunson at point guard, which leaves them searching for a star wing or big man. Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo are their dream targets, but what if both remain happy in their current situations?
The Minnesota Timberwolves would have to pluck R.J. Barrett in any deal with the New York Knicks. The 23-year-old has scored over 19.5 points for two straight years and has potential on both ends of the floor. Barrett could be an All-Star in his prime and form a dynamic wing duo with Anthony Edwards in the Twin City.
The number three overall pick is still developing. He rated as a below-replacement-level player by VORP and below average in win shares per 48 minutes last season. R.J. Barrett is far from a star right now, but he did help the Knicks reach the second round of the playoffs. It was a positive and his ceiling makes a trade intriguing.