Knicks first-rounder RJ Barrett put together another fine performance in the penultimate Summer League game on Wednesday night, dropping 21 points with 10 boards for another double-double.
But it was the way Barrett got his highest point total of the summer that should be intriguing to Knicks fans.
Barrett had a mismatch against the Lakers, and head coach Jud Buechler saw it and exploited it.
"I drew a play up for him to get him down in the box -- he's very physical, big and long," Buechler told The Post's Marc Berman.
Barrett was working in the post, and found success in an area that he didn't go to much, if at all, during his Duke career. With a 6-foot-7, strong frame, Buechler believes that is an aspect of his offensive game that he could use during his rookie season.
"He'll have an advantage in size on guys guarding him," Buechler explained. "We did it once, and he scored. And if you don't stop it, I go right back to it."
Now Barrett still didn't have the most efficient game from the floor, shooting 6-for-17 including 2-for-8 from the three-point line. He's still trying to find his shot, but his contributions has increased by the game. And he, too, believes a post game could pay some dividends when the games start to matter.
"Today's game, that's what it was," Barrett said, referencing his post opportunities. "I had a mismatch down there. If I have mismatch, I can really play on the block down there a little bit."
It's known that Barrett can score at all levels on the court, so an added post game would make it very hard for teams to guard the No. 3 overall pick. That's exactly what the Knicks and head coach David Fizdale would like to see early on for the Barrett, and they're giving him time to prove his the dynamic threat the team drafted him to be.
Yes, Barrett has gotten off to a shaky start in Vegas, but so have other top draft picks in the past. Buechler has seen great progression in just a few games that he isn't worried about Barrett heading into 2019.
"He's playing better each game," he said. "He had a great game last game, was solid again tonight. He's 19 years old, and they have a lot of things to work on. He's got to work on his finishes. He's got a nice right hand, but he seems to bring it back to his left hand in traffic. But we're going to clean all that stuff up."