Accepting and wanting to win for each other is fundamental. Barrett’s mention that he’s ready for a bench role suggests he’s all in, but nothing indicates he won’t be the starting small forward next season. With the loss of Obi Toppin, there will have to be a counterattack that the Knicks will have against opposing teams’ small ball lineups.
Cleaning the Glass compared all lineups with at least 100 possessions played for the Knicks. Randle at center was experienced and successful in minutes played, but it took 100 possessions. Versatility would provide even more for the Knicks, and this is another layer to insert New York into contending conversations.