World news – Knicks’ RJ Barrett proves « crazy » rookie voters screwed up


On June 20, 2019, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver stood on the podium at the Barclays Center, announcing that the Knicks would take RJ Barrett as the third choice in the NBA draft.

Barrett, in his new pink Suit designed specifically for the night pumped his two fists. His father, Rowan Barrett, pounded in the air.

Spike Lee clapped like crazy in his blue Knicks jersey – on hand to watch the Brooklyn-roots player get sucked in by the Knicks.

It’s been quite a night and it’s no longer shrouded in regrets. Barrett is slowly developing into a stud after an up and down rookie season. Voters were surprised to keep him away from the two NBA all-rookie teams.

John Hollinger, the former Memphis Grizzlies executive who now writes a column for The Athletic, reformulated the group earlier this month and Barrett Placed right in 3rd place behind Zion Williamson and Ja Morant.

It was an ironic turn. Hollinger had put his all-rookie ballots online before the voting deadline last July and removed Barrett from the top 10 rookie list.

Hollinger wrote it as a bad rookie crop at the time, but Terence Davis had his metrics in the first team and Cody Martin, Cameron Johnson, Matisse Thybulle as part of the second team. Barrett was not mentioned.

Voters were told to consider the game before restarting Orlando. Hollinger’s metrics did not include Barrett leading rookies within minutes (1,704) of restarting in Orlando, being consistent 56 of 65 games, and missing nine games due to a sprained ankle. Barrett also played in the toughest media market in the NBA and as the center of a bad team.

Before the season started, Barrett said he would use the nudge as motivation and it worked. Barrett’s stocks are way up, which shows Hollinger’s Mea Culpa when he took him again at number 3.

« I think you see it, everyone sees it, » Barrett said before facing the Timberwolves on Wednesday. « I scratched my bum and produced it out there on the pitch. I don’t really know what else to say. I still think it’s crazy. But all I can do is keep playing well. The team is playing well. That’s all that really matters. « 

Barrett scored eight points against Miami on Monday – and that was news. It was the first time in 15 games that Barrett didn’t hit double digits. That’s how much he rolled.

In March Barrett averaged 20 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists and shot 46.7 percent. Future All-Star is added to his name.

« The team is getting better, so it’s easier for me to be there for other people because we play well, » said Barrett of the 24-23 Knicks. </ Barrett averaged 14.3 points as a rookie, but his percentages were below the mark – with a true shooting percentage of just 47.9, an important number for analytics gurus like Hollinger.

A scouting report found that if you take away from Barrett’s left hand, you take away his slasher ability. But Barrett, in his second season, comes to the edge at will.

« It depends on the game, the team, their plans, » said Barrett. « I also think that in some games it is more difficult to take my left hand away. But whatever I look to come back to it. »

Many of his percentages have increased since his rookie season, especially the free throw percentage (73.1 percent). He recently had a minor dip on his 3-point shooting as it settled at 33.3 percent. But that’s still higher than last season’s 32 percent.

The teams are ready to play against the Knicks Zone – also because they dare to shoot Barrett from below. Miami closed the Knicks at the Garden with its zone on Monday.

« We were working on it, » said Barrett. « We’ll take care of it, OK. We could definitely do a little bit better. Any kind of zone you want to get out of color and shoot. Every time you get to the center of the button and play games, the will. » Entire zone destroyed. ”

Barrett’s 3-point shooting will ultimately determine whether he will be a perennial All-Star because he is a skilled rider with strength and cunning moves.

And his defense is too Got strength – 13th place in the NBA defensive standings among players who logged 30 minutes. Players he defends shoot 42.9 percent.

Not good after returning to Minnesota, where he was reputed to be Being related to younger players can be appreciated by Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau Barrett’s defensive strength. « He’s a great coach, » Barrett said. « Overall, a great person. Very smart basketball mind. He’s also very funny. He knows the game and challenges you ch really out. I really like thibs. I really like thibs. “

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