Sunday, February 21, 2016

R.J. Barrett NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-6 - Point Forward - Canada

An elite level prospect who has all the traits to be an All Star at the NBA level. Physically gifted and multi-talented, with great work ethic.

Pros
He's already 6-6 with good length and he'll likely continue to grow. Has broad shoulders, good strength and coordination. Athletically he's head and shoulders above the competition.

Barrett is becoming a complete offensive player with a good looking shot (lefty), nice handles and high level passing ability. He's developing point-forward skills and is great in transition, both as a ball handler and at filling the lane. He dribbles with his head up and has a great feel for the game.

An outstanding free throw shooter who knows how to get to the line. Barrett does a nice job of drawing contact on his drives to the rim and has the strength and creativity to finish the old fashioned three point play. He also has a really nice mid range game, showing an array of floaters and pull up jumpers.

Defensively he can guard 4 positions and he plays with intensity. He is quick to react to the ball and uses his length well to pester the ball handler and play the passing lanes.

Cons
It's hard to find a true weakness in his game. He needs to improve his outside shooting and continue to grow as a decision maker but his development is far advanced.

He'll have to continue to add strength and fill out his form.

Comparisons
Could be one of the greats - like a Tracy McGrady type with some Penny Hardaway in his game.

Projection: top 5 pick in the 2019 or  2020 NBA Draft