The New York Knicks‘ loss to the Orlando Magic on Sunday evening is just a blip on the radar as their aspirations reach far beyond the regular season. However, consistency is a necessity for successful teams, and the Knicks are still trying to find a healthy balance between their starters and depth pieces.
One player who has started off the season a bit slow is shooting guard RJ Barrett. Averaging 12.7 points, 3.3 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and shooting 39% from the field, RJ hasn’t enjoyed the same success from three-point range as he did during the 2020â€“21 season. Barrett currently hosts a 21% success rate from beyond the arc, a 19% difference compared to his sophomore campaign. The sample size is small and will undoubtedly increase as the regular season continues.
“I don’t know why, third year in a row I started like this. But I’m a guy that I never give up, I never quit. God’s blessed me with that ability.”
There is a little doubt that Barrett will bounce back in the coming days, as the season is young. He has shown a bit more vision with his passing and clearly has ample athleticism to display on the court.
â€œHonestly, the biggest part Iâ€™ve been trying to work on is my defense. I want to be first-team all defense, I want to be (a top defender), I want to be that guy for this team. So just looking at (my defense).â€
If you want to get on the floor under head coach Tom Thibodeau, working on your defense is a good way to do it. Barrett continues to work on his defensive attributes, targeting First-Team All-Defense as his primary aspiration. A lofty goal but one he’s more than capable of achieving.
Nonetheless, Barrett will look to rebound against the Philadelphia 76ers in the Knicksâ€™ most challenging game of the season on Tuesday evening.