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Knicks’ RJ Barrett circled November game in Toronto on calendar

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New York Knicks rookie RJ Barrett is excited to begin his NBA career. If there’s one thing he’s anticipating more than suiting up for the team on opening night, it’s the prospect of him playing in his hometown of Toronto.

According to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, Barrett has already circled Nov. 27 on his calendar, which is when the Knicks will travel to Canada to face the defending champions Toronto Raptors. The 19-year-old-forward said the opportunity to play in front of his fellow Canadians at Scotiabank Arena is going to be special for him.

Barrett, the third overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft, is expected to be the new face of the franchise. Once touted as the No. 1 college prospect in the US, the Duke University product is eager to prove he’s the best newcomer in the NBA.

The Knicks are hoping to have a better finish this upcoming season following a 2018-19 campaign which saw them end up with the worst record in the league. Barrett is expected to play a key role in making that happen, and he’s confident he can do a lot of great things for the team.

Barrett has already set his sights on the Rookie of the Year award, which is a good sign for the Knicks because that’s an indication he will work hard to produce great numbers on a nightly basis. It is unclear if Barrett will be able to stand his ground against the best small forwards in the league, but he has the potential to become a star in the near future.