Across the NBA, today is the first day of training camp. In his offseason ending presser, RJ Barrett opened some eyes.
To open, Barrett stated that during the offseason he watched more film and broke down his performance from last season.
In his rookie season, he averaged 14.3 points, five rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game. Barrett also shot 40.2 percent from the field and 32 percent from beyond the arc. His shooting definitely needs to improve this season, especially from the free-throw line.
Barrett claims that he started out slow from the free-throw line for the first two months, which stunted his development as a free-throw shooter. He shot 61.4 percent from the free-throw line.
After that, Barrett praised head coach Tom Thibodeau as a “great basketball mind” while also calling him a competitive coach.
Then, RJ Barrett was asked about his thoughts on him not making any of the two All-NBA Rookie teams. Barrett replied that it bothered him a lot and he didn’t understand why he didn’t make the team.
Controversially, guards Terence Davis and Coby White made the second team ahead of the third overall pick. Barrett has a chip on his shoulder and rightfully so. He also said he’ll use that as motivation for the upcoming season.
Asked about rookie teammate Obi Toppin, RJ Barrett replied that he and Toppin work out the same time. He also called the rookie a hard worker. Also, Barrett remarked Toppin as “versatile”.
Obi Toppin was selected eight overall by the New York Knicks in the 2020 NBA Draft out of Dayton.
Barrett then remarked that it was frustrating to see the NBA shut down when he was playing his best basketball in March.
Going into year two, Knicks fans everywhere are expecting RJ Barrett to take that next step. He has better teammates and better coaching staff around him.