Durant's praises for Scottie Barnes: The numbers don't lie

Toronto Raptors' rookie Scottie Barnes is a rare talent who has displayed uncommon enthusiasm, drive and passion, according to Kevin Durant.

The two-time NBA Finals MVP clashed with the 20-year-old when Brooklyn Nets visited Scotiabank Arena with backing.

And although Nets won by 116-103, Durant was full of praises for the rookie in his post-game reaction.

The No. 4 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft had some impressive defensive stretches against both Durant and James Harden, finishing the game with a career-high five steals — none better than this swipe on KD, who had nothing but praise for him postgame.

"You've got a lot of guys who love to compete and love to win, but what's rarer about Scottie Barnes is his IQ for the game, his length, his enthusiasm for the game," Durant said postgame.

"All of that stuff shines bright when you watch him play. You can tell he just wants to be there for his teammates, he makes winning basketball plays."

Barnes finished with eight points, seven rebounds, four assists and five steals against the Nets, showcasing his versatility on both ends of the floor and through the first nine games of the season he leads all rookies in scoring (16.6 points per game), rebounds (8.7) and minutes (38.4) and is seventh in assists (2.4), third in blocks (0.7) fourth in steals (1.1).

"I think a lot of young guys in the league have that competitive fire, but he has something a little extra as far as seeing the game a little slower and that's rare for a guy, how old is he 19, 20? Sheesh," Durant said in disbelief of the rookie's tender age.

"He knows how to play the right way and he's only going to get better." The stats affirms.

After his impressive performance at home, Barnes stands as the rookie leader in points per game at 16.6. He also ranks first in rebounds per game (8.7) and field goal percentage (52.4 per cent).

Barnes also ranks first in PER, or "Player Efficiency Rating." PER was created by ESPN columnist John Hollinger, who describes it in the following way:

"The PER sums up all a player’s positive accomplishments, subtracts the negative accomplishments, and returns a per-minute rating of a player’s performance."

That means per minute, Barnes, who loves jeux de casino en argent reel, is the most efficient player on the court, considering the rebounds he lands, the field goals he makes and the overall points he scores. He is leading in all of these categories, which means that minute by minute, he is currently the most valuable player to have on the court in the NBA.