ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla known as Knicks rookie R.J. Barrett “inefficient” in NBA Summer League play — and it is powerful to argue with that evaluation.
In 5 Summer League video games, Barrett averaged 15.four factors, eight.6 rebounds and four.2 assists whereas taking pictures simply 30 p.c from the ground. He was 7-of-30 from deep (23 p.c). The Knicks had been picked to win Summer League however did not make the playoffs.
“Quite honestly, R.J. Barrett played exactly like I thought he would,” Fraschilla stated Monday night time on ESPN after Memphis gained the Summer League title. “He scored factors, he received higher because the Summer League went on, however ionefficient. He scored in that 15-16 vary. Still not making the three. And I would not essentially name him a disappointment as a lot as he’s going to be a man early in his profession that can rating, however not effectively till the bounce shot improves.
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“Going to be a good player in New York, but when you look at the Knicks, the floor is going to be crowded because there’s not a lot of outside shooting. That will hurt R.J.’s game. Long-term he’s going to be terrific, but played about the way I thought I expected him to in Las Vegas.”
Fraschilla’s level in regards to the flooring being “crowded” could possibly be a priority going ahead. The Knicks signed a slew of frontcourt gamers in free company in Julius Randle, Bobby Portis, Taj Gibson and Marcus Morris, however did not add a ton in the best way of outdoor taking pictures.
Meantime, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski advised Forbes SportsMoney final week that Knicks followers should not get caught up an excessive amount of in Summer League stats and that the 6-foot-7 Barrett, the No. Three select of Duke, can be simply fantastic.
“The big thing is just be patient,” Coach Ok advised me at Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C., the place he was recruiting. “Summer League in quite a lot of respects doesn’t suggest something for a participant like him besides to acclimate himself.
“Now for a lot of other players, they may be learning or trying to earn, he’s just trying to get adjusted.”
Coach Ok stated the Knicks want to maneuver Barrett round.
“They got him in the low post finally,” he stated. “Nothing against them, but you have to put him in different spots. Put him on the elbow, let him have the point, I don’t think you put him in the corner.”
As for Barrett’s woeful Three-point taking pictures, Coach Ok stated everybody struggles with that once they first come into the league.
“Yeah, probably 99 percent of the guys in the Summer League have to work on their 3-point shooting,” Coach Ok stated. “Yeah, he can hit the three. He’s a motion man, and so taking pictures stationary is one thing that can come higher with expertise. Let him transfer, let him make performs and let him get fouled.
“The most important stationary shot for him to hit right now is the free throw, and to get that to be in the 80 percent mark.”
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