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DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA - JANUARY 05: RJ Barrett #5 jumps in the air as teammate Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils dunks the ball during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on January 05, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina.
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RJ Barrett showed up for a Pro Day at UCLA - he didn’t participate - but he did talk a lot about his NBA dreams.

He goes on here a bit about his season at Duke and what he learned but if we were looking at Barrett, aside from his many talents, the thing we’d like best is that he can play with other great players and be fine with it. He can share the ball and the spotlight.

We saw that at Duke with Zion Williamson who got most of the media but you could argue that Barrett in many ways had the better year.

Still, how cool was it that instead of being jealous, he joined the rest of us in celebrating Zion’s incredible season?

You could bookend their Duke careers with two photos: the first was Barrett jumping as Williamson threw down his famous 360 against Clemson and the second was Williamson returning the favor and going airborne as Barrett went for his own dunk against North Dakota State.

The bottom line with Barrett, to us, is this: he’s incredibly versatile, he has a killer instinct and he is a phenomenal teammate.

The only guy in the draft with similar intangibles is Williamson. You’d be nuts not to take Barrett.

One more thing we respect after reading the link above: Barrett has a sense of history. He earned praise from former Knick Bernard King and knew exactly who that was. Not many of his contemporaries would know as well.

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