New York Knicks: Showcasing a summer of transition and development

RJ Barrett, New York Knicks (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
RJ Barrett, New York Knicks (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /
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New Knicks made an impression

Ignas Brazdeikis or “Iggy” showed why the Knicks were right to move up into the second round for him. Iggy struggled the first game of summer league like most rookies do, especially shooting 3’s from a deeper range and facing an overall better quality of opponent.

Brazdeikis quickly turned that around showing that he has the confidence to go out and ball with the best athletes as well as the skills to handle himself among fellow pros. His 30 point breakout performance had fans talking about how the Knicks second-round draft picks are better than their first-rounders. Especially, RJ Barrett who some thought was a bust after only three SUMMER LEAGUE games!

Brazdeikis has a long way to go but will find his way in the rotation in due time. He will be a valuable asset for the New York Knicks even if he spends a little time in the G-league just to keep sharpening his skills to start this season.

RJ Barrett after taking on the weight of the world from the Knicks fans, front office and teammates; struggled to adjust to the speed of the game at first. The third overall draft pick brought with him a good work ethic and kept grinding to find his footing during the summer league.

The most important thing that occurred was the fact that not only did Barrett step up and begin leading in the absence of Trier on the court; but he started distributing the basketball. The offense found it’s flow through him during the final few games of summer league action.

Barrett showcased his athleticism and ability to slash, drive and dish which are all wonderful traits to bring to the ball-dominant Knicks. RJ’s shooting touch will come around within time. Additionally, Kevin Knox and Barrett were already starting to build chemistry.