The Knicks have finally seen the real version of RJ Barrett

The version of Barrett fans that built in their minds after the Knicks drafted him third overall, watched him put together a solid 2021 season, and finish 2022, is finally here.

It’s been a bumpy ride getting here, but it couldn’t have been at a better time. Despite a shaky regular season and poor first two playoff games, Barrett made his jump in time to close out the Cleveland series and contribute to a competitive Miami series.

Barrett finished the playoffs averaging 19.3 points a night, shooting 43% from the field and 33% on threes in eleven games.

The hope for the Knicks is that this translates into next season and beyond where Barrett can build on this impressive showing. He’s still only 22, suggesting there’s plenty of growth left, which could be the definition of the franchise for the Knicks.