The Knicks need RJ Barrett to step up

After a summer of sensational progress, RJ Barrett averaged 17 points per game for Team Canada in this FIBA World Cup tournament. Taking on his role as a second option on a winning team is something Barrett will get even more accustomed to next season.

Entering his fifth year, but this time mid-season, Barrett will take advantage early where it may take time for other players to maximize their production. Shooting 37% from downtown this summer and improving his three-point shooting is just one aspect of the skills Barrett will display. Consistency is key, and the Knicks are getting the best version of Barrett they’ve ever had.