2. Shoot 35% from 3-point range
Barnes’ shooting was a question mark when he came into the league, but his solid mechanics and pure potential made it easy for the Raptors to get intoxicated thinking about what he could become if he fixes that flaw. Unfortunately, he took a minor step back in that area next season.
While the since-departed VanVleet drew criticism for his itchy trigger finger and volatile efficiency, the fact that he could pull up from anywhere on the floor was a legitimate worry that defenses had to account for. The lack of spacing Barnes will contribute to without an improved jumper could be fatal for this offense.
Scottie Barnes must shoot better for the Toronto Raptors.
Barnes needs to not only up his percentage, but also his volume (2.8 attempts per game in his career). While Nick Nurse had a reputation as a shot doctor, Rajakovic’s new perspective coming from one of the more effective offensive systems in the league might be all Barnes needs to unlock the sniper within him.
Barnes is never going to shoot like Desmond Bane, but he won’t truly take that next step if he remains anchored to the paint. While Siakam isn’t an elite shooter, he’s proven to be good enough in that area to get by. Barnes needs to aspire to reach that level.