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3 Best Fits for RJ Barrett in the 2019 NBA Draft

By Dan O'Shea
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The Duke Blue Devils' season didn't go according to plan, as the Michigan State Spartans upset Mike Krzyzewski's latest team in the Elite 8. However, even that painful loss wasn't enough to stop Duke's RJ Barrett from declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft.

Many teams will be vying for Barrett's services toward the top of the draft, but here are three teams that could be ideal fits for the Duke product.

3. Chicago Bulls

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Despite having the fourth-worst record in the NBA, the Chicago Bulls have some solid building blocks. Zach LaVine looks like a potential star, as does Lauri Markkanen. Wendell Carter Jr. could be a great rim protector as soon as next season, and Otto Porter Jr. provides a nice scoring punch on the perimeter. All the Bulls need is a point guard. While Barrett primarily played small forward at Duke, he has excellent vision and passing ability. Barrett could be a nice fit as Chicago's de facto playmaker until the Bulls find a true point guard, when he could transition into a role as a secondary playmaker.

2. Phoenix Suns

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Deandre Ayton and Devin Booker have both shown more than enough to get the Phoenix Suns' fans excited. The duo has the talent to lead a potent offense for years to come, but Phoenix needs someone to distribute the ball. Barrett averaged 4.3 assists per game as a freshman at Duke, and the thought of him kicking the ball to Booker for an open 3-pointer or tossing an alley-oop to Ayton may be too tempting for Phoenix to pass up.

1. New York Knicks

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The New York Knicks have been looking for a guard to lean on for years. The Knicks seemingly swung and missed on Frank Ntilikina, and Dennis Smith Jr. has been inconsistent since arriving in New York. The Knicks are reportedly pursuing free agents like Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, but signing either player is no sure thing. New York needs its draft pick to be versatile enough to play with any potential stars it may sign, and talented enough to carry a young roster if the signings don't work out. That mandate could fit Barrett perfectly. Barrett's shooting could make him a seamless fit in many NBA offenses, but his passing and scoring ability could also make him a primary option on a developing roster.


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Dan O'Shea is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Dan O'Shea also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Doshea93. While the strategies and player selection recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and plater selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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