The New York Knicks new coaching staff envisions RJ Barrett as more of a small forward than shooting guard with the thought of giving him less ballhandling responsibilities early in possessions. 

David Fizdale started Barrett at point guard on opening night last season.

The Knicks hired Johnnie Bryant as an assistant coach this offseason. Bryant helped in the development of Donovan Mitchell and has already made an impact on Barrett.

“I always set goals for myself, but I’ll keep that to myself’’ Barrett said. “I’m feeling good about the season, really good. We got a hard-working group and hard-working coaches. I’m excited to see what this group will do this year.’’