Okay, the New York Knicks didn't wind up with Zion Williamson. But the long-suffering fan base seems pretty happy with the selection of R.J. Barrett at No. 3 overall.
Knicks fans in attendance at the NBA Draft in Brooklyn tonight celebrated the Barrett selection with resounding cheers. It was a far cry from the boos Kristaps Porzingis got in 2015.
As you can see (and hear), the orange-and-blue clad faithful are excited to welcome the high-scoring Duke wing to NYC.
Barrett, who led the ACC in scoring in his lone season with the Blue Devils, was regarded as the likely No. 1 overall pick before the season began. However, Williamson usurped him for that spot with a dazzling campaign, even though Barrett was impressive in his own right.
A natural-born scorer, Barrett found a way to get to the rim and get buckets in a variety of ways all season at Duke. If he can develop a consistent outside shot and improve on his free throw percentage, he could be an offensive force in the NBA.
Additionally, Barrett should benefit from the increased spacing at the pro level. Too often in college, opposing teams could clog the lane to try and slow down him and Zion.
He's already started his pro career off on the right foot with his welcoming from Knick fans tonight.