New York Knicks rookie RJ Barrett reveals what he’s looking to improve heading into his first season in the pros.
Despite not finding themselves in the position to get Duke standout Zion Williamson, the New York Knicks definitely received an individual they can be excited about. RJ Barrett was the No. 3 overall selection in this past summer’s draft, and he’ll definitely bring a versatile and dynamic play style to this New York lineup.
Now that practices have begun and the NBA preseason is right around the corner, Barrett and the team can work on putting the pieces together. If you’ve watched the Knicks in recent years, you know that’ll be a long process. However, Barrett is looking to be a large part of the team’s improvement, and it starts with him working on his individual game.
“Really right now I’m working my tail off on the defensive end,” Barrett said, per Marc Berman of the New York Post. “I’m just trying to get better there. Coach always wants a defensive guy on the court, you know? So if I could do that starting out. … It’s funny. If you’re smart on how you do things and keep your movements precise, that will even give you an advantage or help you keep up with a stronger guy.’”
Another aspect Barrett is definitely trying to improve is his shot behind the arc. The rookie only shot 23% from downtown during the NBA Summer League.
“It’s an adjustment,” Barrett said. “I’ve been working on it since I declared for the draft. Like anybody, it’s an adjustment but I’ll be fine, I’ll figure it out.”
Barrett and the Knicks’ first game of their preseason slate will be next Monday against the Washington Wizards. Tip-off will be at 7:00 p.m. ET.