Who is better: Zion Williamson or R.J. Barrett? Video surfaces of the two playing 1-on-1

Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett both knew what they were getting themselves into when they both decided to attend Duke University together.

They were two of the top Freshman prospects in the nation going into college and projected to be two of the top prospects going into the 2019 NBA Draft. Barrett was the consensus best player in his class since he was 14 years old before Williamson began electrifying fans, players, teams and scouts with his otherworldly athleticism and passion for the game.

Who’s Better Zion Williamson or R.J. Barrett?

Of course every one wants to know who of the two is better player — Zion Williamson or R.J. Barrett? Even the NCAA’s official site asked the question. it’s question that isn’t easily answered even when both are drafted in the 2019 NBA Draft. Zion will be selected #1 by the New Orleans Pelicans and Barrett is expected to be chosen third by the New York Knicks.

That said, we came across this video when the two then Freshmen played one-on-one morning during practice for the 2018 McDonald’s All American Game. Their match-up starts almost immediately with the two going at it and ends at approximately 1:10 of the video check it out below:

From the looks of it, Zion got the best of Barrett in their quick 1:1 match up; scoring on Barrett twice by using his strength to create room and an up-fake on a short jumper. It’s certainly a small sample size and not worth much in terms of either’s long term prospects, but Zion seemed to be able to get any shot he wanted on the 6-7 Barrett.

That said, basketball is a team game with so many factors at play that judging a players skill and talent on a short video obviously does a disservice to both.

Comparing Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett

To determine who is better, looking at their numbers for comparison doesn’t help. In fact it just confuses the matter even more. Both players averaged 22.6 points per game! R.J. technically led the team in scoring by literally 0.02 points.

Zion averaged 8.9 rebounds to Barrett’s 7.6 rebounds. As far as assists are concerned, Barrett doubled up on Zion’s assist average 4.3 to 2.1 per game.

That’s all to say that won’t know who is the better play until both Barrett and Zion have a couple years of professional experience under their belts, but man, is it fun to talk about and speculate. We’re sure they hear it and it’s human nature to think the two would get competitive with one another, but that’s not the case. They have huge respect for one another and we’re sure there’s healthy competition, but nothing that would drive a wedge between the two.

“Neither of them really care about the outside stuff, and they don’t let it come between their friendship,” fellow freshman Tre Jones said of their relationship.

The comparisons were inevitable. Both top players. Both 6’7 and left handed. Both in the same class.

There are those that want the two to dislike one another and pit them against one another for narrative and story lines sake, but that’s just not the case. “They genuinely want each other to do well.” Duke assistant Chris Carrawell told ESPN. “They’re each other’s biggest fans. I hope it stays that way for life.”

We do too.

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