RJ Barrett’s greatest strength is getting downhill
Barrett gets to the rim, and he’s already one of the best in the league at drawing contact when he gets there.
Barrett ranks in the 83rd percentile in the percentage of his shots that come from within four feet of the rim, according to CleaningTheGlass. Specifically, he takes 41% of his attempts from within the range.
The number has actually gone down slightly for Barrett since his rookie year as he’s expanded his three-point shooting, but it is a metric that leads into what he currently does better than anything else when compared to the rest of the league.
Barrett is in the NBA’s 94th percentile of getting fouled on shot attempts.
The list of guards that play legitimate minutes that rank above him in the category is made up of just seven players: Spencer Dinwiddie, James Harden, Norman Powell, Jimmy Butler, Harrison Barnes, Josh Hart, and DeMar DeRozan.
Barrett’s season-high was against the Miami Heat on Feb. 25, and take a look at how many elite finishes he had.
Barrett uses his height, 215-pound frame, and expanding crossover package to get downhill and attack with his left hand at a high level.
In terms of conversion after getting fouled, Barrett makes the shot after getting hit for the and-1 20% of the time, according to CleaningTheGlass.