RJ Barrett NBA Draft Profile, Prediction, Age and Scouting Report

Max Staley
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RJ Barrett Height, Wingspan, Weight & Age

Player: RJ Barrett

Position: Forward

Height: 6' 7"

Wingspan: 6' 10"

Weight: 202 pounds

Age: 18
College: Duke Blue Devils

RJ Barrett Stats

RJ Barrett came into the season as the consensus No. 1 prospect in the NCAA, even ahead of Zion Williamson, and he didn't disappoint. The Duke Blue Devils' forward averaged 22.6 points per game (PPG), 7.6 rebounds per game (RPG) and 4.3 assists per game (APG) during his freshman season. Barrett projects as a polished scorer with the requisite athleticism and basketball IQ to be a solid defender at the NBA level.

While Barrett's stats are impressive, he could stand to improve his efficiency. He shot 45.4 percent from the field, 30.8 percent from beyond the arc and 66.5 percent from the free-throw line in his lone season with the Blue Devils.

Still, Barrett has a smooth jumper with good mechanics, so these numbers could seemingly improve with the increased spacing in the modern NBA. Barrett's ability as a playmaker is also encouraging, having averaged almost five assists a game as well.

RJ Barrett Highlights

RJ Barrett NBA Draft Projection

- Top-5 Pick

RJ Barrett NBA Draft Predictions

- New York Knicks (No. 3), Los Angeles Lakers (No. 4)

Whether or not the New York Knicks trade the third pick is anyone's guess, but if they stand pat, Barrett will likely be their selection. The Duke product has enough scoring ability to be a great secondary option on a Knicks' roster that could include Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving next season. If New York does land either of those stars in free agency, Barrett's shooting, court vision and passing ability could make him a seamless fit on a team with a couple of established veteran stars.

Similarly, trade rumors are also swirling around the Lakers' organization, but if Barrett is there at No. 4, he'd be a good fit in Los Angeles. Barrett could mesh with the team's young talent like Lonzo Ball and fellow Dukie, Brandon Ingram. While the fit with LeBron James is questionable, Barrett might be too talented to pass up.

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