RJ Barrett
RJ Barrett
21-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.

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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.

Struggles from field Wednesday
GNew York Knicks
June 2, 2021
Barrett finished with 17 points (5-14 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 5-6 FT), seven rebounds, five assists and a block across 40 minutes in Wednesday's loss to the Hawks.
ANALYSIS
Barrett didn't look like himself during the first-round series against the Hawks but at least surpassed the 15-point mark in the last two games. The former Duke standout averaged 14.4 points per game while shooting 38.8 percent from the field during the playoffs; by comparison, he scored 17.6 points per game while shooting 44.1 percent from the field during the regular season.
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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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Drops 21 in Game 4 loss
GNew York Knicks
May 30, 2021
Barrett finished Sunday's Game 4 against the Hawks with 21 points (8-15 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, four assists and two steals.
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Scores 13 with eight boards
GNew York Knicks
May 26, 2021
Barrett tallied 13 points (5-14 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), eight rebounds, two assists and one steal in 25 minutes during Wednesday's 101-92 win over the Hawks.
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Scores 14 in playoff debut
GNew York Knicks
May 23, 2021
Barrett had 14 points (6-15 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 11 rebounds and one assist in Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Hawks.
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Bounces back with 24 points
GNew York Knicks
May 14, 2021
Barrett tallied 24 points (8-19 FG, 3-3 FT, 5-9 3Pt), nine rebounds, five assists and one steal in 41 minutes during Thursday's 102-98 win over the Spurs.
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Woeful shooting performance
GNew York Knicks
May 12, 2021
Barrett tallied eight points (2-13 FG, 0-7 3Pt, 4-6 FT), four rebounds, two assists and a steal across 38 minutes in Tuesday's overtime loss against the Lakers.
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