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BIGPLAY Scouting Report: RJ Barrett

A full breakdown on NBA Prospect RJ Barrett.

Photo From: AP

RJ Barrett, Guard, Duke

Strengths:

  • Great size at 6’7″
  • Can play/guard many positions
  • Good Wingspan 6’9″
  • Score first mentality
  • Great Feet on both sides of the ball
  • Quirky but quick release (Lefty)
  • Above average ball handling for a wing
  • Great Vision, finds open players
  • Crafty finisher who finds unique ways to score in the paint
  • Elite in the open court: once he gets going he’s very tough to stop
  • Good rebounder for a guard. This helps to start the fast break
  • Solid on-ball defender
  • Gets to the charity stripe
  • Gets open shots

NBA Ceiling Comparison: De’Aaron Fox

Weaknesses:

  • Inconsistent jump shot, very streaky
  • Lazy off-ball defender
  • Whichever team drafts him will have to play up-tempo
  • Did not run many set plays at Duke
  • Did not improve much from high school (already very good however)
  • Not explosive at the rim
  • Poor Free-throw shooter
  • Has Dominate personality, has to take the last shot
  • Ineffective late in games

NBA Floor Comparison: Rodney Hood

Prospect Breakdown

  • Athleticism: 8
  • Size: 9
  • Defense: 7
  • Strength: 8
  • Quickness: 10
  • Jump shot: 6
  • Rebounding: 9
  • Potential: 10
  • Post Skills: 8
  • Intangibles: 9
  • NBA Ready: 8

Overall Grade: 84% B

The Verdict:

RJ Barrett is not one of my favorite players in this class. His length and quickness give him the outline of a great player, but he lacks that “it” factor. Barrett doesn’t really excel at any one thing and that may be his demise. If he can take his shot to the next level, he can be a great three-and-D player for years to come. Once Zion goes off the board, I believe it’s between Barrett and Ja Morant for the second pick.

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