RJ Barrett

RJ Barrett

21-Year-Old GuardG
New York Knicks
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Barrett is coming off a productive sophomore season in which he posted 17.6 points, 5.8 boards, 3.0 dimes and 1.7 triples per game while also dramatically improving his shooting percentages. That's the good news. The bad news is New York spent the off-season adding playmakers and shooters in Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier, which seems to lower Barrett on New York's scoring option pecking order. But maybe Barrett will have more room to operate as defenses worry about the two veteran guards. The three-year veteran is definitely, once again, New York's starting small forward, and we know coach Tom Thibodeau loves to give his starters extra minutes. The Knicks' new talented roster will give Thibodeau the option of going small-ball with Randle at the five, surrounded by four proven shooters. That situation would allow Barrett the opportunity to maintain last year's whopping 34.5 minutes per game, despite the new roster additions. At age 21, Barrett still has plenty of upside. Those concerned about his modest rookie season in 2019-20 should take notice and acknowledge Barrett is a player on the rise. 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/PreCareer Summary

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. 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.

Posts double-double in loss
GNew York Knicks
January 17, 2022
Barrett totaled 18 points (7-18 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 12 rebounds, five assists and two steals across 39 minutes during Monday's 97-87 loss to the Hornets.
ANALYSIS
Barrett tallied slightly less production on the scoreboard Monday after totaling at least 26 points in each of the last three games, but he led the Knicks in rebounds en route to his second double-double of the 2021-22 campaign. After having his playing time monitored in late December following a lengthy absence, the 21-year-old has resumed his normal workload and has been a strong fantasy contributor.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2019
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.
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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Another solid performance
GNew York Knicks
January 16, 2022
Barrett ended Saturday's 117-108 win over the Hawks with 26 points (8-20 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 8-10 FT), five rebounds, three assists and one steal over 41 minutes.
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Shines with 32-point outing
GNew York Knicks
January 13, 2022
Barrett produced 32 points (13-22 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds and two assists over 41 minutes during Wednesday's 108-85 victory over the Mavericks.
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Powers Knicks to victory Monday
GNew York Knicks
January 10, 2022
Barrett amassed 31 points (12-20 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 4-5 FT), three rebounds, four assists and one block across 31 minutes during Monday's 111-96 win over San Antonio.
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Paces Knicks with 19 points
GNew York Knicks
January 8, 2022
Barrett ended Saturday's 99-75 loss to the Celtics with 19 points (7-21 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 1-5 FT), six rebounds, two assists and two steals over 43 minutes.
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Nails game-winning bucket
GNew York Knicks
January 6, 2022
Barrett totaled 13 points (4-15 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), three rebounds and six assists in 33 minutes during Thursday's 108-105 win over the Celtics.
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