Scottie Barnes is Second Youngest Raptor to Hit 3000 Career Points After Chris Bosh

‣ Scottie Barnes is the second-youngest player in Toronto Raptors history to score 3,000 career points, only surpassed by Chris Bosh.
‣ Barnes has been performing at career highs this season, averaging 21 points, 9.3 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.4 blocks per game.
‣ He became the first Raptors player aged 22 or younger to score 20 points per game in five consecutive games since Chris Bosh in 2007.

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Scottie Barnes has made a name for himself in the Toronto Raptors’ franchise history. He’s the second-youngest player to hit 3,000 career points, with only Chris Bosh ahead of him. Bosh was 21 years and 291 days old when he achieved this feat.

Barnes was 22 years and 153 days old when he reached this milestone. He did so in style, scoring 20 points, six rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block in Toronto’s 124-121 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. That was on New Year’s Day, mind you.

The Florida State University alum didn’t stop there. He shot 7-of-17 (41.2%) from the floor, 1-of-5 (20%) outside the arc, and 5-of-7 (71.4%) at the foul line. Pretty impressive, huh?

Now, let’s talk about odds. According to a few NBA betting sites, the Raptors aren’t the favorites to win this season’s championship. They’re ranked 22nd. Teams like the Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks, and Orlando Magic have better odds.

In a game against the Utah Jazz on Dec. 23, Barnes was on fire. He posted a career-high-tying 32 points, along with 14 rebounds, seven assists, and one block. He did all this in 38 minutes of action.

This season, Barnes has been on a roll. He’s been averaging career highs of 21 points, 9.3 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.4 blocks per game. His shooting has been impressive too, with 48% from the field and a career-best 38.5% from 3-point range.

His stats are impressive across the board. His player efficiency rating (21.6), true shooting percentage (58.1%), and usage percentage (24.8%) are all career highs this season.

Barnes has been breaking records left and right. He became the first Toronto Raptors player 22 or younger since Chris Bosh to average 20 PPG in five straight games. He ranks 12th in total rebounds (307) this season, 18th in assists (190), fourth in steals (49), 14th in blocks (47), fifth in minutes played (1,160), 10th in box plus/minus (6.1), and eighth in value over replacement player (2.4).

Earlier this season, Barnes topped the 20 points-per-game mark in five straight games. He’s the first Raptors player 22 years old or younger to do this since Bosh in 2007. Bosh had a 15 game streak from Jan. 10 to Feb. 9, 2007, where he scored at least 20 points and averaged 27.9 points per game at 22 years old.

Sportsbooks show Barnes with fourth-best odds to win NBA Most Improved Player of the Year. However, Tyrese Maxey, Alperen Sengun, and Coby White have better odds.

The Raptors had a rough patch when they lost 129-127 to a Detroit Pistons team that was on an NBA record-tying 28-game losing streak. But they bounced back against Cleveland. Toronto coach Darko Rajakoic was happy with the team’s performance. “I think we played good basketball,” he said. “Guys were enjoying playing a good brand of basketball and just cheering for each other.”

RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley made their first start for the Raptors recently. Barrett had 19 points and nine rebounds, while Quickley added 14. They were traded from the New York Knicks for OG Anunoby, Precious Achiuwa, and Malachi Flynn, along with a 2024 second-round draft pick.

Barrett was thrilled about his first home game in Toronto. “This was special,” he said. “Way better than any other time I’ve played here. This was a special one that I’ll always appreciate.”

James Shotwell
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