Knicks' RJ Barrett, Immanuel Quickley talk 'really good' Ja Morant ahead of matchup

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Ja Morant bringing ball up
Ja Morant bringing ball up

The Knicks will continue to fight for a playoff spot when they face the Memphis Grizzlies at MSG on Friday night, but we'll be looking at a couple of individual matchups as well.

Ja Morant and RJ Barrett went second and third overall in the 2019 NBA Draft and have had different starts to their careers.

Morant was named the Rookie of the Year after a stellar first season in Memphis and was also a part of the All-Rookie first team with No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson -- who may or may not have won the ROY award if he were healthy for the entire season.

Barrett, on the other hand, didn't even make the All-Rookie second team, after struggling throughout his first year in New York.

But things are a bit different now, with Barrett playing the best ball of his early career as of late, including 20-plus point games in six of his last 10 games.

"My game speaks for itself," Barrett said on being compared to Morant or even Williamson. "I mean you can look at our numbers, you can look at our team’s success. It doesn’t really matter as long as I keep getting better as a player I’ll be happy."

Barrett missed the Knicks' lone game against the Grizzlies last season, and seems ready for the challenge -- and draft pick comparison -- that awaits.

Like Barrett, PG Immanuel Quickley will be getting his first taste of this Morant matchup. The rookie praised Morant for being a versatile player and knows the Knicks will need to keep him at bay if they want to win Friday.

"I haven’t faced Ja Morant, but just on what we’ve seen, he’s a really good player," Quickley said. "Gets downhill, creates for his teammates, and he has that floater, as well. Definitely gonna be a good matchup for us tonight, and test myself against an athletic, scoring point guard, so we just gotta be on our p’s and q’s and be ready."