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Raptors sign first-round pick Barnes

29 de Agosto de 2021 a las 03:15

Photo courtesy of Michelle Farsi, NBAE, Getty Images
Article by Eduardo Harari
Sports Editor La Portada Canada, Spanglish World Networks, Spanglish Sports World
TORONTO. - The Toronto Raptors announced the signing of their first-round pick Scottie Barnes to a rookie-scale contract.
The 20 year old forward will be under contract with the Raptors through the 2022-23 season and 2 team option years to follow.
Barnes was the perfect fit for a Seminoles program renowned for recruiting athletic specimens. He played a vital role on both ends of the floor in 2020-21 despite coming off the bench for most of the season.
The five-star recruit averaged 10.3 points, 4.1 assists, and 1.5 steals to earn ACC Sixth Man of the Year honors and an All-ACC third-team selection.
"He challenges you defensively to try and be your best ... We have a defensive mindset where we're just willing to be dogs when we get out there on the floor," Barnes told reporters during his NBA draft combine media availability in June.
Position: F
School: Florida State
College experience: Freshman
Height: 6-foot-8
Weight: 225 lbs
Wingspan: 7-foot-3
Max vertical: 39.5 inches
Capable of facilitating the offense; played point guard for Florida State
Has size, length, and frame to guard 1-5
Consistently high motor
Always crashing the offensive glass; ranked 19th in the ACC in offensive rebound percentage
Can initiate fast breaks off missed shots and turnovers
Slow shot release
Lacks explosiveness to blow by defenders one-on-one
Minimal impact as a floor-spacer; shot 27.5% from deep last season
Struggles to create his own shot
Somewhat turnover-prone; tallied the sixth-most turnovers in the ACC in 2020-21