Positives: On-Ball Defense, Interior Finishing, Offensive Rebounding
After the initial shock of the Barnes pick faded, Raptors fans realized they drafted a player with a slightly higher ceiling than Jalen Suggs. Considering he is still at the forefront of the Rookie of the Year race alongside names like Evan Mobley, it’s obvious what Ujiri saw in him.
His on-ball defense has been impressive, as he is shifting between protecting the rim and taking on NBA-caliber point guards. He can get to the rim with ease, and his condor-like wingspan has helped him reel in some offensive rebounds.
The Toronto Raptors have to be thrilled with Scottie Barnes.
Negatives: 3-point shooting, Aggressiveness
While Barnes had one streak where it looked like he would never miss a 3-pointer, his effectiveness from deep has waned. He can be a bit too passive on offense at times, as some Raptors fans would love to see him take over games more often.
Luckily, these are generally minor complaints. In a season where many thought he would be unplayable on offense, Barnes has emerged as a weapon that is impossible to drop from the starting lineup.