2018 - 2019 Stats

PTS REB AST BLK STL FG% FT% 3P% EFG% PER
22.6 7.6 4.3 0.9 0.9 45.4 66.5 30.8 50.6 23.3
Sales Pitch
An offensive treasure chest scoring wing with great size that should benefit from additional spacing in the NBA.
Background
RJ Barrett might have found himself in the background of the Zion Williamson experience while at Duke this year, but he's oozing with the potential to become an elite scoring wing at the NBA level. Barrett spent most of his pre-college days performing at a high level for the Canadian National team, including a memorable performance in the U19 World Cup in which Barrett produced 38 points against team USA. Barrett was originally slated to be the number one high school recruit in the 2019 class before reclassifying and committing to Duke. Even after his reclassification, Barrett was still the overall number one recruit in the nation. He possesses great size for a scoring wing and the background that will have teams fascinated about investing long-term in Barrett's ability. RJ played for Monteverde Academy (FL) in High School. Barrett was considering Oregon and Kentucky before committing to Duke.
Pro Comparison
A hybrid mix of DeMar DeRozan and Jalen Rose
Positives

ATHLETICISM

  • Shows great amount of balance and body control, especially when attacking the lane off the bounce. Good footwork, especially on his gathers. Seeks out contact when finishing at the rim. Aggressive and physical. Does a good job of using his length to create angles when finishing against bigger defenders. Very shifty with the ball in his hands, "jerky" motion allows him to get around defenders. 

TRANSITION THREAT

  • A blur in the open court. Has the ability to attack rebounds on the defensive end and immediately become a threat to go coast-to-coast. Underrated ball handler. Can make just about any pass with both hands, although he's not known for being a playmaker. Very fluid in the open court when switching between gears.

SCORING VERSATILITY

  • Can hurt you in a variety of ways and get hot in a hurry. Promising shooter off of the dribble, especially when he gets into the midrange. Uses a variety of gathers in order to create space. Has shown flashes of developing into an isolation threat. 
Negatives

TUNNEL VISION

  • Get's a little too aggressive at times. Will barrel into defenders and miss potential passing lanes for teammates. Awareness could be better offensively. Will force some shots and needs to be more efficient with his selection. Has shown instances where he stares down passes before attempting risky plays. 

LEFTY DOMINANT

  • Will need to force himself to develop his off hand if he wants to become a more all-around threat. NBA defenders will force him right immediately at the next level. Shot creating versatility is very vanilla right now because he only wants to go left. Improving his off hand has the potential to allow his offensive firepower to take off. 

SHOOTING CONSISTENCY

  • He can hurt you from deep but his mechanics aren't consistent. Tends to have a long load up on his deep ball. Midrange another story, as he keeps the ball up and shows a smooth stroke. Should improve with repetition and strength training. Free throw percentage will confuse evaluators, especially with his ability to attack the rim. 
Overall
Barrett has the tools to become one of the elite scoring options in the NBA moving forward. But can he sharpen his raw skills to fully develop his potential? It's wildly expected that RJ is going to be a Top 3 selection in this years NBA Draft, and that's not by mistake. RJ will share his fair share of criticism for his inconsistency offensively, but there's evidence to support the idea that Barrett could "explode" at the next level with the additional spacing in the NBA game. If Barrett can continue to develop his offensive tools, he has the potential to become an All-Star. He sits at #3 on our big board as of now.
NBA Team
Draft Selection
3

RJ Barrett - May 17, 2019

RJ
There's a lot to like from the versatile Duke wing, but is RJ Barrett set to blossom at the next level?