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RJ Barrett’s Outstanding Season Debut

If he keeps this up, Knicks fans are in for a major treat

NBA: Preseason-New York Knicks at Detroit Pistons
Dec 11, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) dribbles the ball up the court during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena.
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When we ran down some opening night NBA stats for former Duke players we overlooked RJ Barrett which was too bad because he played as well as anyone.

Barrett had 26 on 11-15, grabbed eight rebounds and handed out five assists. He nearly led the team in each category (Julius Randle had nine boards).

The Knicks are an intriguing team because of what rookies Immanuel Quickley and Obi Toppin may add to the core.

Quickley and Toppin are coming off the bench but promising and they have a corollary benefit: they allow Barrett to express his versatility without being chained to a position.