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Josh Pastner Has A Different Take On The Draft

Basically flip a coin between Duke’s two stars

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COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA - MARCH 22: RJ Barrett #5 of the Duke Blue Devils dunks the ball as teammate Zion Williamson #1 celebrates against the North Dakota State Bison in the second half during the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Colonial Life Arena on March 22, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina.
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Most everyone has conceded the top pick in the NBA Draft to Zion Williamson regardless of who gets it, but Georgia Tech’s Josh Pastner has a slightly different take.

He agrees that Williamson will be the top pick in the draft but doesn’t necessarily think that he’ll be a better pro than RJ Barrett and thinks that people should consider him for the top pick too: “If the Knicks are No. 1, even if you like RJ better, you have to draft [Zion] or the fans will overrun you. There are some NBA teams I know who like RJ more. They would rather be the No. 2 pick.”

He also says that Ja Morant, while talented and with great numbers, didn’t play in a league like the ACC which, he says, is as close to the NBA as anyone gets. So he sees Morant as the third pick.

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