Knicks news: David Fizdale will play RJ Barrett at point guard sometimes
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David Fizdale will play RJ Barrett at point guard for Knicks sometimes

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New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale says he will play rookie RJ Barrett at point guard sometimes this season.

Barrett had the ball in his hands a lot at Duke last year. The lefty is comfortable playing the point-forward spot and Fizdale is looking forward to using his prized youngster in different roles.

“Absolutely. I’ve thrown him at that position a couple times already,” Fizdale said, via Steve Popper of Newsday. “He played some of that in college. I think it adds another layer to how dynamic he can be. Especially having somebody that big that can switch things, do some different things defensively.

“So yeah, I’ll sprinkle that in. Yeah, I do [like what I’ve seen from him as a lead guard]. He’s really poised. He looks comfortable. The kid likes having the ball in his hands. He’s unselfish. He finds people. He understands – he knows our plays from that position. I feel very comfortable if I have to throw him there.”

At Duke, Barrett averaged 22.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists while shooting 45.4 percent from the field, 30.8 percent from beyond the arc and 66.5 percent from the free-throw line.

The Knicks can’t expect RJ to be an efficient scorer right away in the NBA. It will take a few years for that to happen

The point guards on the Knicks’ depth chart are Dennis Smith Jr., Elfrid Payton and Frank Ntilikina.