Since being drafted in 2019, RJ Barrett has struggled to find his place with the New York Knicks. In his first two seasons, he showed promise that he could maybe be a franchise player. Barrett has shown plenty of flashes, but he’s never been able to put it together at a sustainable rate.
With the Knicks having their most successful season in 10 years, the front office may not be so patient with Barrett going forward. Despite this, some fans still hope Barrett will finally become the player he was destined to be.
3 things New York Knicks fans can expect from RJ Barrett in 2023-24
3. Increased three-point percentage
Last season, Barrett took another step back from beyond the arc. In 2020-21, Barrett hit 40.1% of his threes while taking 4.3 per game. For a second-year player, that was pretty exceptional, and it was looking like Barrett could have developed into one of the better 3-and-D wings in the NBA.
However, since that season, Barrett has fallen apart from the three-point line, hurting the Knicks’ offense.
Overall, Barrett did see an increase in efficiency last season, but from beyond the arc, he was almost useless. In 73 games, Barrett made 31.0% of his threes while taking 5.3 per game, a near 10% decrease compared to two seasons ago. Regardless, fans should be confident Barrett can bounce back well in the 2023-24 season.
Throughout the World Cup, Barrett has looked much more confident and better offensively. This is partly due to his tweaked jump shot, which looks similar to his form from the 2020-21 season. It’s been great to see Barrett make changes to his game for the betterment of the team.
Even if it doesn’t translate as well as it could, Barrett can fix his percentages by taking fewer threes and focusing more on getting to the rim. This will open up opportunities for other players and help make the offense more fluid.