RJ Barrett of the New York Knicks has improved drastically in his second year compared to his rookie season. Barrett has improved all levels of his game. He has especially improved areas he struggled in his rookie year such as three point percentage and free throw shooting. Also, he is becoming a dynamic playmaker as the coach and the teams view him as. He is starting to make great decisions off the ball. This was another component he struggled in his rookie season. Instead of shooting a possibly contested layup instead, he observes the floor and passes to the open man. This could consist of either being the open center or the person open from three. He is also the second biggest factor in this years Knicks success. He has provided an excellent and consistent second option to Julius Randle.
RJ Barrett Stats Improvement
Last year Barrett’s stats consisted of him averaging 14.3 points, 5 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game. He shot 40.2 percent from the field and 32 percent from three. Additionally, he shot an abysmal 61.4 percent from the free throw line. He did this while averaging 30.4 minutes a game with a 23.4 percent usage rate. Barrett had a underwhelming rookie season. This was mostly due to him not being able to set his feet in the NBA with the shortened season. Also, he was overshadowed by many other rookies like Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, and even Tyler Herro so he never got his credibility.
This year it’s totally different for Barrett. As of now, his stats consist of him averaging 17.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 3 assists per game. Barrett is shooting 45 percent from the field and a highly improved 38 percent from beyond the arc. Additionally, he has shot an improved 73.5 percent from the free throw line. He is doing this while only averaging four more minutes than his rookie season. This is at 34 minutes a game with only a slight increase in usage rate at 24 percent. This season, Barrett has really grown into his potential and has a chance to be an all star next season. Barrett is playing so much better this season. He is the most confident he has ever been and will continue to solidify himself to the team.