TEAM: Toronto Raptors
POSITION: Small Forward
HT/WT: 6′ 7″, 225 lbs
DOB: 8/1/2001 (20)
COLLEGE: Florida State
DRAFT INFO: 2021: Rd 1, Pk 4 (TOR)
BIRTHPLACE: West Palm Beach, FL
Toronto Raptors: 2021-CURRENT (1 SEASON)
Rookie of the Year (2022)
All-Rookie 1st Team (2022)
Scott Wayne Barnes Jr. is an American professional basketball player, currently playing for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Barnes played collegiate basketball for the Florida State Seminoles, earning third-team All-ACC honors as a freshman in 2021. After that, he was selected by the Toronto Raptors as the fourth overall choice in the 2021 NBA draught. In 2022, Barnes was voted NBA Rookie of the Year.
Barnes, a consensus five-star recruit, was ranked as ESPN’s fourth-best player in the 2020 recruiting class. ESPN and Rivals selected him as the best power forward in his class. Barnes committed to play collegiate basketball for Florida State on October 14, 2019, over offers from Kentucky, Miami (Florida), and Oregon, among others.
Toronto Raptors (2021–present)
The Toronto Raptors selected Barnes with the fourth overall choice in the 2021 NBA draught. Many expected the Raptors to pick Gonzaga point player Jalen Suggs, so the decision came as a shock. The Raptors have signed him to a deal. Barnes made his NBA debut on October 20, scoring 12 points, grabbing nine rebounds, and dishing out one assist in a 98–83 loss to the Washington Wizards. Barnes set a career-best with 27 points and eight rebounds in a 109–105 win over the Washington Wizards on January 21, 2022. In a 125–93 loss against the Charlotte Hornets on February 25, he set a career-best with 28 points, five rebounds, and two steals. Barnes tied a career-best with 28 points in a 133–97 win over the Brooklyn Nets on February 28. He was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for February on March 3rd. Since the current voting process began in 2002–03, his 15-point lead over the runner-up, Evan Mobley, was the narrowest voting margin in 19 years.