Zion Williamson & RJ Barrett Face Each Other In NBA Summer League


During their only season together, Williamson and Barrett formed one of the best duos in NCAA Basketball and Duke was a possession away from reaching the Final Four, regardless of their inexperience in crucial situations.

Seeing these friends go head-to-head is an early treat long before the new NBA season starts and if you’re a fan of basketball in general, then this is a must-see matchup.

Williamson has an opportunity to show off his strengths while Barrett also wants to make a good first impression on his coaching staff.

The two former Duke stars are unlikely to be matched up on every possession since Zion Williamson is a power forward and RJ Barrett is a wing player but everyone is looking forward to seeing one of them go to defend the other.

Williamson’s athleticism in the paint will be on display like it was at Duke, but he should use these games as a chance to work on his outside shot because it would make him an even tougher player to stop.

Barrett, on the other hand, has to refine his offense because he will likely be the first or second scoring option for the Knicks next season. Williamson and Barrett are expected to shoulder an incredible load of responsibility in their rookie seasons and this game will provide an early glimpse at how they handle the pressure.

New Orleans Pelicans vs. New York Knicks NBA Summer League
(Courtesy of 5Dimes)

Point Spread:

Pelicans +3 (-110)

Knicks -3 (-110)


Pelicans +130

Knicks -150


Over 175.5 (-110)

Under 175.5 (-110)

Odds to Win the 2019-20 NBA Rookie of the Year Award
(Courtesy of Jazz Sports)

Zion Williamson -200

Ja Morant +350

RJ Barrett +400

Darius Garland +1200

De’Andre Hunter +1500

Jarrett Culver +2000

Coby White +2000

Cam Reddish +3000

Michael Porter Jr. +3000

Jaxson Hayes +3000

Rui Hashimura +3000

Sekou Doumbouya +3000

Nassir Little +3500

PJ Washington +3500

Kevin Porter Jr. +4500

Bruno Fernando +5000

Keldon Johnson +5000

Mfioundu Kabengele +5000

Tyler Herro +5000

Bol Bol +5000

Nickeil Alexander-Walker +5000

Goga Bitadze +5000

KZ Okpala +5000

Grant Williams +5000

Field (any other rookie) +1500