Saturday, November 27 2021

Toronto Raptors rookie Scottie Barnes has only played three games in the NBA but the talent level and potential of the fourth overall pick have been on full display, at least, according to some.

Barnes has picked up quite a few new fans to this point of the season, including Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd. From afar, the Hall of Famer likes what Barnes has done in such a small sample size and spoke very highly about him prior to facing the Raptors on Saturday.

Scottie Barnes is a heck of a rookie. He’s a great player. … He is really, really good. He causes a problem on both ends of the floor and he knows how to play the game. He’s gonna be a star in this league, if he’s not already a star.

He loves to play the game. Watching him on tape, you would think that he has been in the league three or four years so it is very impressive what he is doing early on in his career.

Barnes produced 17 points, eight rebounds and two assists on Saturday in the 103-95 loss to the Mavericks. He became the first Raptors rookie since Damon Stoudamire in 1995 to record at least 10 points in each of his first three games.

Raptors head coach Nick Nurse said previously that Barnes will have the opportunity to log heavy minutes this season and play through his mistakes. However, there haven’t been too many mistakes by Barnes to this point as he is off to a great start with Toronto.

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