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3 months ago  ::  Jun 21, 2019 - 12:40AM #1
JonahFalcon
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1st Rd, 3rd Pick


SG
RJ Barrett
6'7"
208 lbs
Duke


Strengths
- Has prototypical size, length and frame for an NBA wing at 6-foot-7 with a 6-10 wingspan at 208 pounds. Unique athlete in terms of coordination, fluidity, body control and quickness. Plays at different speeds.

- Has evolved over his career into a ballhandling guard who is comfortable as a primary creator and facilitator. At his best in the open court, but is also a very capable option in pick-and-roll and isolation situations. Uses his size and high basketball IQ to see over the top of defenses and deliver pinpoint passes. He's also a solid shooter off the dribble. Incisive driver who uses his strong frame to get into the paint, initiate contact, finish from awkward angles and get to the free throw line at a prolific rate.

- Has an alpha-dog mentality and wants to win at all costs. Plays with a laser focus and is not afraid of big moments. Competitor who plays with toughness and physicality. Won't turn 19 until the week of the draft.




Improvement areas
- Improved shooter, but still made only 31 percent of his 3s this season and 67 percent of his free throw attempts. Doesn't have the most natural shooting stroke -- jumper looks rigid and flat at times, leading to bad misses.

- Not a very efficient overall scorer. Very left-hand dominant. Killer mentality, aggressiveness get the best of him at times. Shot-selection and decision-making were questionable at times as a freshman, especially in late-game situations. Lack of shooting around him at Duke made it easier for opposing defenses to accentuate his weaknesses.

- Shows great potential at times defensively, but isn't consistent enough in this area.


Post-Draft Analysis


The Knicks didn't seem completely sold on this pick from day one -- like New Orleans and Memphis were at 1-2 -- but they eventually settled in on the idea of drafting RJ Barrett, which seems like a match made in heaven. Barrett's shot-creation prowess, scoring instincts, killer mentality and willingness to embrace the spotlight should allow him to emerge as a Rookie of the Year candidate and eventual franchise player for the Knicks, who still have quite a bit of work left to do in their rebuilding process. -- Jonathan Givony

3 months ago  ::  Jun 21, 2019 - 12:41AM #2
JonahFalcon
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Round 2, Pick 25



PG
Kyle Guy
6'2"
168 lbs
Virginia

Post-Draft Analysis
Kyle Guy was the third player to be drafted off of Virginia's national championship squad. Guy is one of the best shooters in the draft, capable of coming off screens, but also able to attack closeouts, boasting a little more versatility than your typical spot-up shooter.

His lack of size, length and poor frame may hinder him defensively at the NBA level, but he does have one skill he can hang his hat on with his ability to stretch defenses from beyond the 3-point line. -- Jonathan Givony

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