Sixers: Ranking Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris and every NBA frontcourt

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New York Knicks. 18. team. 27. . .

18. R.J. Barrett & Julius Randle & Mitchell Robinson, Knicks

R.J. Barrett’s seemingly inevitable star turn is keeping New York relevant right now. He was absolutely electric after the All-Star break last season, finally balancing out his strength driving to the rim with a bankable 3-point shot and mature decision-making with the ball. Julius Randle has immense natural talent, but his play style doesn’t always lend itself to winning. Mitchell Robinson is an elite rim protector and finisher, but he needs to cut down on fouling in order to play longer minutes.

. . Sacramento Kings. 17. team. 84.

17. Harrison Barnes & Keegan Murray & Domantas Sabonis, Kings

The Kings traded for Domantas Sabonis with a pretty clear goal: make the playoffs. I’m not sure it’ll happen, but Sabonis has changed the calculus of that team for the better. A dominant post scorer and advanced passer, Sabonis’ unique skill set blended nicely with De’Aaron Fox’s speedy playmaking on the perimeter. Harrison Barnes is the poster child for sturdy, efficient 3-and-D wings at this point, while Keegan Murray (the reigning No. 4 pick) is primed to make an immediate impact as one of the oldest rookies.

. . Atlanta Hawks. 16. team. 125.

16. DeAndre Hunter & John Collins & Clint Capela, Hawks

DeAndre Hunter is a prime breakout candidate. He just hasn’t been on the floor enough to date to announce his stardom. A versatile defensive wing who can hit 3s and operate skillfully from the mid-range, a healthy Hunter would push Atlanta closer to contention. John Collins and Clint Capela are two of the NBA’s best rim-runners who should be right at home next to Trae Young and Dejounte Murray in the backcourt. Capela is still an influential shot blocker on defense, while Collins’ skill set seems to expand with each passing season.