The development of Knicks star RJ Barrett is the perfect way to highlight the potential this team possesses. Speaking to Steve Aschburner, Thibodeau said of his development last season: “Trial and error is a big part of learning, so the more experience you get in bigger games, the better for you.”
Representing Team Canada in the 2023 FIBA World Cup, Barrett took home bronze after an impressive win over Team USA. Barrett averaged 16 points during the tournament. He finished strong, averaging 23 points and six rebounds over his final three games, demonstrating the ability to be a consistent second option in high-stakes games.
Barrett, now gaining confidence in his fifth year, must show the ability to translate his dominant performances and head into this year in mid-season form.