New York Knicks second-year shooting guard RJ Barrett has been quite a revelation for his team this season. The former third overall pick has been one of the key reasons why the Knicks are well within the playoffs picture in the East right now — something that All-Star teammate Julius Randle completely agrees with.

Randle had nothing but praise for Barrett, who the former believes is peaking at just the right time for the Knicks:

“He’s been playing well. He’s coming into his own and knowing who he is as a player,” Randle said, via Peter Botte of the New York Post. “Down the stretch, he’s getting to his spots. He’s playing well. Very comfortable and continuing to grow as a player.”

Barrett put forth another tremendous effort on Wednesday as New York narrowly fell to the Boston Celtics, 101-99. The former Duke standout finished with a team-high 29 points on 10-of-14 shooting, including a perfect 6-of-6 from the three-point line. It was a noteworthy performance from one of the brightest young stars in the NBA today in what was a marquee matchup for the Knicks.

Unfortunately for Barrett and his team, the loss to Boston on Wednesday was their fifth defeat in their last six games. They're in a bit of a hole right now and are quickly slipping in the standings out East. With how tight things are in the conference right now, a few more losses will have the struggling Knicks on the outside looking in.