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Knicks’ title hopes depend on RJ Barrett becoming a star

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RJ Barrett is 21 years old. Those who took root in the Knicks and gave them an idea for a living must have found a board somewhere and written a hundred times.

RJ… BARRETT…… 21…… AGE.

When Patrick Yuing was 21, he was younger in Georgetown. Eli Manning was a junior in Ole Miss at age 21, and Derek Jeter was a junior league student at Columbus at age 21.

Barrett already has 2 ¹ / ₂ NBA seasons behind him – shortened seasons, but still seasons. Like his predecessors in New York, Jeters, Ewings and Mannings, Barrett was expected to do his own thing in 2019 after being selected at the start of the first round. He finished third, although Nicks loves his fans very much. wanted the first pick, and Zion’s college teammate Zion Williamson entered the league with the chance of becoming a true NBA star. Everyone at Duke thought so, including Coach K.C.

And given how the situation is now, how many GMs did Barrett, who played in 164 games (including the playoffs), give to Williamson, who played only 85 games in 2021-22 and didn’t play a single game? replaces? If Big Z is never healthy in Big Easy, perhaps Nicks fans can have a comfortable jump for a change in the lottery.

But again, skipping number 2 can be more painful than skipping choice 1. Ja Morant is tearing it apart, hitting people hard, scoring 36 points in Brooklyn, an average of 25 points. The 22-year-old Memphis keeper is showing the league what a young superstar looks like day and night. The gap between Morant and Barrett, on the other hand, seems to be widening with possession of the ball.

If the Nicks want to fight for the championship in the future, they need RJ Barrett to be a star, writes The Post’s Ian O’Connor.

With the Pacers in the Knicks Garden on Tuesday night, before Julius Rendl returns from the COVID protocols, it’s worth the comparison. When Randle left the lineup, Barrett was given the opportunity to raise himself to a higher level, prove he could lead the team at least temporarily, and play a bit like Morant games. He didn’t take much of that opportunity.

He got his numbers in the defeats in Oklahoma City and Toronto, but a right-thinking consumer knows the difference between empty calories and a real deal. (He made four substitutions against three assists in each game.) Overall, since returning from illness on Christmas Day, Barrett has hit 39.4 percent of the field and 20.7 percent of the 3-point range in Indiana. gave.

Although he made a big production leap from 1st year to 2nd year, Barrett came back in 3rd year. His shot and 3-point odds have dropped and he isn’t scoring or passing as he did last season. Barrett finished 252nd in the league in terms of player efficiency on Tuesday night, 245 points behind Morant.

This is very important because Barrett’s rise is an important part of Tom Thibodeau’s long-term views. Randle may someday repeat last season, but this year he has come up with strong evidence that he can’t do it. And at the height of Randle’s powers, the Knicks failed to play five games in the playoffs.

RJ Barrett
RJ Barrett

Barrett has more time on his side. After scoring 35 goals while watching the injured Williamson in New Orleans in October, Tibodo said of him:

“He’s an elite talent. And then when you start measuring its intangible properties, you look at toughness, basketball IQ, competitiveness. So these are three things – he has a great work ethic. Guys like that are always better. And he is proud of what he is doing. He spent a lot of time hitting, defending and finishing.

“You see what he did when he was young. I thought he had a great year last year, scoring an average of 18 points in the playoffs. This is not an easy task. As the season progressed, he improved. It’s summer, it’s autumn, and it’s still going on. “

He continued until he was.

“If you look at the great players in the league, there’s progress,” Tibodo said last spring. “They don’t just start to look great. Over the years, I’ve had a few players who have improved every year. I think RJ will be one of those guys. ”

RJ should definitely be one of those guys. If Nicks becomes a true championship contender, he should become a true NBA star.

Will this happen? Based on what Barrett showed in season 2 ¹ / ₂, your guess is as good as his.

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