Forget comparing him to Jalen Suggs or Jonatha Kuminga. It is a pointless exercise. Barnes is here, and everything about his player profile suggests he will be a star. Having said that, he didn’t look as crisp against Golden State as he did in his debut against New York.
Barnes’ 13 points, eight rebounds, and eight made free throws were supplemented by some strong defense, but his 2-8 mark from the field isn’t the best. Even with that stat line, he started to show off his bag of offensive tricks by cooking Kuminga. Raptors fans should be pleased with what they have seen so far.
David Johnson and Justin Champagnie
Both two-way guys get some love here. Johnson, who was picked No. 47 overall, made his mark by scoring 10 points and pulling down four rebounds in just 18 minutes. While the four turnovers against the Warriors were a problem, Johnson looked more confident and aggressive on offense.
Champagnie, who signed his two-way deal after going undrafted, didn’t connect on one shot from the field after scoring 10 points against New York. Even with that, Champagnie’s two blocks and intense defense on players like Kuminga proved that he could see NBA minutes by impacting the game in a variety of ways.