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Saturday / December 15.
  • Zion shows off the windmill dunk as Duke rolls in Maui

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    There is a burgeoning debate among NBA folks about who should be the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft — Duke freshman Zion Williamson or Duke freshman R.J. Barrett.

    I recently polled half a dozen NBA guys, and they were evenly split on the matter.

    What doesn’t seem to be debatable, however, is Zion’s ability to amaze in person and on highlights with his dunks.

    On Monday in Maui, he went off for this windmill dunk in a game in which he only had 13 points and 6 rebounds while battling first-half foul trouble as No. 1 Duke route San Diego State, 90-64. Barrett went for 20 in the and Cam Reddish 16.

    Of the dunk, Reddish said: “You don’t know what to think. It’s crazy. Yeah, he’s different and it’s really fun to watch.”

    Coach K has called the 6-foot-7, 275-pound Williamson “graceful” despite his size, and he had more praise for him in Maui.

    “We talk about Zion and the windmill dunk, but, to me his lateral movement and the steals and his hands are more, are bigger than that,” Coach K said. “I mean that’s a bang that he had five steals today, you know, and when he gets his hands on the ball he makes plays.”

    The 6-foot-8 Reddish, meantime, had his own highlights.

    Duke could be the just the second team in 50+ years to have three players drafted in the Top 10 as I wrote here on Forbes.com, and in fact looks like they’ll have three picks in the Top 5 of the Draft.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.