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Knicks’ RJ Barrett working on rim finishing after missing ‘way too many layups’ in Summer League


New York Knicks rookie RJ Barrett continues to work on his game this offseason, and one of the things that he hopes to improve is becoming a better finisher, especially close to the rim.

Barrett told Ian Begley of SNYTV that he missed a lot of layups in Summer League, and that’s something that needs to change.

During his time with Duke, Barrett was actually an excellent finisher, whether it’s in transition or through contact. Yet for some reason, he struggled to do that in Summer League. Some experts believe that he just needs to add more muscle if he wants to make those point-blank shots consistently.

Barrett is expected to be the face of the Knicks’ franchise, so there are a lot of expectations about him this upcoming season. While some of them are a bit exaggerated, RJ’s talent and potential isn’t something to be overlooked either.

Prior to the arrival of college teammate Zion Williamson, Barrett was dubbed as the best prospect in the United States. Although the spotlight is no longer on him, he’s still capable of becoming one of the best rookies next season.

Getting stronger is just one of the aspects of Barrett’s game that needs work. His 3-point shooting and ability to play with teammates are the other areas that should improve. Sky’s the limit for this 19-year-old kid, and his confidence about what he can do will just make him more determined to get better.

And we’ll finally see how good he is in less than two months.