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Knicks’ RJ Barrett to be re-evaluated in one week after transitioning to walking boot

RJ Barrett, Knicks

New York Knicks rookie guard RJ Barrett will be re-evaluated in a week after transitioning to a walking boot as he deals with his right ankle sprain, according to the team.

Barrett suffered the injury during the Knicks’ loss to the Phoenix Suns on Jan. 16 and has not played since.

The 19-year-old has been sort of a mixed bag this season, as he is averaging 14.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and one steal over 31.2 minutes per game.

However, while his counting numbers are solid, his percentages certainly are not, as Barrett is shooting just 39.3 percent from the floor, 32.9 percent from three-point range and 60.3 percent from the free-throw line.

The good news is that Barrett is getting to the charity stripe rather often for a first-year player, attempting 4.5 free throws per game, but he obviously isn’t making his foul shots on a consistent basis.

In addition, Barrett owns a minus-4.2 net rating thus far.

The Toronto native, who played his collegiate basketball at Duke, was selected by New York with the third overall pick of the NBA Draft last June.

In one season at Duke, Barrett registered 22.6 points, 7.6 boards and 4.3 assists across 35.3 minutes a night while making 45.4 percent of his field-goal attempts, 30.8 percent of his long-distance tries and 66.5 percent of his free throws.

The Knicks are an abysmal 12-34 on the season, most recently falling to the Toronto Raptors by a score of 118-112 on Friday night. They will take on the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday.

New York has not made the playoffs since the 2012-13 campaign.