RJ Barrett
RJ Barrett
20-Year-Old GuardG
New York Knicks
2020 Fantasy Outlook
While Barrett was unlikely to match the hype of Duke teammate Zion Williamson in the 2019-20 rookie class, he put up a solid debut campaign. The 2019 third-overall pick finished the season having averaged 14.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.0 steals over 30.4 minutes of run. Unfortunately, his efficiency numbers tell a slightly less appealing story. Barrett sported just a .445 effective field goal percentage to go along with a 32.0 percent mark from beyond the arc and just a 61.4 rate from the charity stripe. Those tallies fall well below the league average across the board, especially for a guard. Barrett should see plenty of action again in his second season for a rebuilding Knicks club and be given every opportunity to prove his worth given the draft capital involved, so there's no reason to panic at this early stage of his career. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $16.07 million contract with the Knicks in July of 2019. Knicks exercised $8.62 million team option for 2021-22 in December of 2020.
Personal Bio

Rowan Alexander "RJ" Barrett Jr was born in Toronto in 2000. Barrett comes from a family of athletes. His father, Rowan Barrett, is the vice president and assistant GM of the Canadian National Team and a former player at St, John's. His mother, Kesha Duhaney, was a track and field athlete at St. John's. Barrett lived for a time in France while his father was playing professionally there, then moved with his family to Mississauga, Ontario in 2008. Barrett played three years of high school basketball at Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida, finishing his career with an 86-7 record. As a senior, Barrett averaged 28.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game, leading Montverde to a 35-0 record and national championship. Barrett's outstanding senior season of high school led to him being named the 2017-18 National Gatorade Player of the Year. Before committing to Duke University, Barrett was rated as the No. 1 overall prospect in his class by Rivals.com, Scout.com, and the 24/7 Sports composite list. Barrett wears No. 9 because it was his father's number in the Olympics. He enjoys dining at NYC eateries Carbone and Joe's Pizza. You can follow RJ Barrett on Twitter @RjBarrett6 and on Instagram @Rjbarrett.

College/International Summary

In his one season at Duke, Barrett led the Blue Devils with 22.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists per contest. The 6-7 wing scored at least 20 points in his first four games and 10 of his first 11 contests. For his collegiate debut, Barrett put up 33 points on 13-of-26 from the field in the win over Kentucky at the Champions Classic. Barrett flirted with a triple-double as he accumulated 23 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists in a loss to Syracuse. Barrett had eight other double-doubles. On Feb. 16, he accomplished the feat in a win over NC State with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. The wing helped the Blue Devils win the ACC Tournament championship with 18.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Barrett had 18 points and 11 assists in a second round NCAA Tournament win over Virginia Tech and led Duke to the Elite Eight. Before declaring for the 2019 draft, Barrett was named USA Today National Player of the Year, was a consensus first-team All-American selection, and received the Jerry West Award as the nation's best shooting guard.

Solid effort in loss to Kings
GNew York Knicks
January 22, 2021
Barrett posted 21 points (8-17 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 3-3 FT), seven rebounds and three assists across 36 minutes in a loss to Sacramento on Friday.
ANALYSIS
The former Duke Blue Devil continues to grow in his second NBA campaign, as he has now broken the 20-point mark in five of his last six contests. Over that span, Barrett is averaging 21.7 points and 6.5 rebounds while converting 50.5 percent of his field-goal attempts and going 9-for-20 from deep (45.0 percent).
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Following one collegiate season at Duke, Barrett was selected by the Knicks with the third overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. He made his NBA debut on opening night Oct. 23 against the Spurs and posted 21 points (9-13 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-4 FT), five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 37 minutes. He appeared in 56 games during his rookie season, averaging 14.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.0 steal in 30.4 minutes per contest. Barrett also shot 40.2 percent from the field, hit 1.1 threes per game at 32.0 percent and shot 61.4 percent from the charity stripe. Barrett set single-game career highs of 27 points, 15 rebounds, nine assists, six steals, five threes and two blocks. He had two double-doubles. On Oct. 25, Barrett's second game in the NBA, the guard swiped a career-high six steals, to go with 16 points, during a loss at Brooklyn. He twice scored a season-high 27 points, which included a 27-point, 5-rebound, 5-assists effort on Mar. 2 during a win at Houston. Arguably Barrett's best overall performance of the season occurred Mar. 11 during a win at Atlanta. In 39 minutes, he posted 26 points (9-14 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 6-6 FT), five rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block. That was Barrett's last performance in an eight-game double-digit scoring streak -- his longest of the season. During that stretch, he averaged 18.3 points on 13.8 shots, 4.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.3 steals across 31.3 minutes per game. Barrett had 13 games of 20-plus points, 31 games with at least five rebounds and eight games with at least five assists. He also swiped at least one steal in 33 games and blocked at least one shot in 16 games.

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Transaction History
  • June 20, 2019
    Drafted by the New York Knicks in the first round (third overall pick) of the 2019 NBA Draft.
  • July 2, 2019
    Signed a two-year, $16.07 million contract with the New York Knicks.
  • December 21, 2020
    New York Knicks exercised $8.62 million team option for 2021-22.
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
Barrett will step into the New York spotlight after an impressive freshman campaign at Duke where he averaged 22.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists while shooting 30.8 percent from deep -- a mark feels like it needs to improve given the importance of three-point shooting, especially for guards, in the NBA. Barrett appears to be in line to play a high-volume role as both a scorer and playmaker in his rookie season, though the Knicks do have other, more experienced ball-dependent players on the roster, including Dennis Smith Jr., Elfrid Payton and Julius Randle. Barrett showed off his potential in summer league, averaging 16.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.0 block in four games. However, he shot an extremely underwhelming 37.3 percent from the field, 28.6 percent from three and 65.4 percent from the charity stripe. On one hand, it feels like there's a clear avenue for Barrett to take control of the Knicks' offense and be the face of the franchise as a rookie. On the other hand, the number of other options New York has to score and distribute the basketball means Barrett could get lost in the shuffle if his efficiency, playmaking and/or defense are worse than anticipated.
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Pours in career-high 28 points
GNew York Knicks
January 21, 2021
Barrett totaled 28 points (10-17 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 6-8 FT) and five assists in a win over the Warriors on Thursday.
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Remains sharp from free-throw line
GNew York Knicks
January 18, 2021
Barrett compiled a team-high 22 points (9-19 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT) to go with 10 boards, four assists and one block across 38 minutes in Monday's 91-84 win over the Magic.
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Goes for 20 points
GNew York Knicks
January 13, 2021
Barrett scored 20 points (7-15 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 5-6 FT) while adding five rebounds and three assists across 38 minutes in Wednesday's 116-109 loss to the Nets.
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Shooting woes continue
GNew York Knicks
January 12, 2021
Barrett finished with 11 points (5-18 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), nine rebounds and five assists in 35 minutes Monday in the Knicks' 109-88 loss to the Hornets.
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Scores team-high 19 points
GNew York Knicks
January 8, 2021
Barrett logged 19 points (7-21 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 4-7 FT), seven rebounds, two assists a steal and a blocked shot across 44 minutes in Friday's 101-89 loss to the Thunder.
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