RJ Barrett's first season in the NBA wasn't anywhere near ideal, as the COVID-19 pandemic cut the season short. Not just that, but his New York Knicks missed the Orlando bubble, which would've been the ultimate stage to rack up some experience. Despite all this, the youngster has no grievance whatsoever.
As the Knicks prepare for the 2020-21 season, Barrett shared his thoughts on his first campaign as a pro that didn't exactly go as expected.
“[I have] no complaints. I got to work out a lot, I got to work on my game a lot during the summer. If anything it gave me more time to study my game and really work on details of what I got to do to get better,” RJ Barrett shared, per Yahoo Sports,
Barrett, the third overall pick in the star-studded 2019 NBA Draft, played 56 games for the Knicks and averaged 14.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists across 30.4 minutes of action. Despite his relatively good rookie campaign, he was not selected into the NBA All-Rookie Teams, which many critics protested.
The 20-year-old does not seem bothered by all of this. He continues to put the work in, striving to be a great all-around player.
“I kind of worked on everything. I’m the kind of player who can do everything so I got to continue to work on my shooting, passing, finishing, whatever it is. All areas of the game so I can be a complete player,” the Knicks swingman added.
With the 2020-21 NBA season just around the corner, will Barrett and the Knicks finally make some strides after years at the bottom?