RJ Barrett claims ‘it felt right’ to be drafted by the Knicks
Rookie small forward RJ Barrett says “it felt right” to be drafted by the New York Knicks in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Barrett, who used to watch reruns of John Starks and Patrick Ewing as a kid, was selected by the Knicks with the third overall pick. Now, he is looking forward to playing in the iconic Madison Square Garden.
Knicks’ RJ Barrett says playing for the Knicks was a dream Bc his mom is from Brooklyn & because he watched re-runs of John Starks. pic.twitter.com/M4JpCgPISG
— 👑📍Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson (@ScoopB) September 16, 2019
At Duke last season, RJ 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 Barrett to be an efficient scorer right away in the NBA, though. It will take a few years for that to happen.
After struggling in his first two Summer League games in Las Vegas, Barrett played well in his final three games, showing that he has tremendous upside. Barrett averaged 19.7 points and 9.3 rebounds in his final three games out in Las Vegas.
The Knicks have done a good job of surrounding Barrett with solid and smart veterans who will help him learn what it takes to win in the NBA on a consistent basis. New York signed Julius Randle, Bobby Portis, Marcus Morris, Taj Gibson, Elfrid Payton, Wayne Ellington and Reggie Bullock this offseason.