Ranking all 25 Duke basketball players in the NBA this season

Duke basketball legend Zion Williamson (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
Duke basketball legend Zion Williamson (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images) /
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Former Duke basketball one-and-done R.J. Barrett, now with the New York Knicks (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

Scouting Report. R.J. Barrett. player. 27. Pick Analysis. Guard. Rookie. 10

  • Games played this season: 45
  • Games started this season: 44
  • Minutes per game: 30.5
  • Points per game: 13.6
  • Rebounds per game: 5.1
  • Assists per game: 2.4
  • Blocks per game: 0.4
  • Steals per game: 1.0
  • FG percentage: 38.8
  • 3-point percentage: 31.8
  • FT percentage: 61.1

There is no doubt that former Duke basketball one-and-done R.J. Barrett should be higher on a list such as this next season and beyond. At the moment, though, the 19-year-old Canadian, who went No. 3 overall at last year’s draft, still has plenty of room to grow in terms of shooting.

From his costly missed free throws — apologies for the reminder of how Duke’s 2018-19 season ended — to his putrid percentages from both inside and outside the arc, Barrett is often a brick waiting to happen. His past four outings since returning from a sprained right ankle have included one 5-for-16 bricklaying and a combined 1-for-8 clip from downtown. On the other hand, he’s a versatile playmaker, a tremendous athlete, and certainly the primary supplier of hope for fans of the 17-38 New York Knicks.