J.J. Redick played four seasons at Duke before entering the NBA as the 11th overall pick of the 2006 draft by the Orlando Magic.
The Philadelphia 76ers’ sharpshooting guard has nothing but praise for the three super-hyped freshmen who just finished their freshman seasons for the Blue Devils and headed for the NBA.
Specifically, Redick is confident Zion Williamson, the consensus projected No. 1 overall pick in June’s draft, would have been a star — in this season’s playoffs at age 18.
“I think Zion is the real deal,’’ Redick told Marc Berman of the New York Post on Saturday after the 76ers got past the Brooklyn Nets in Game 4 at Barclays Center, 112-108. “I think if he was playing in the playoffs right now, he’d probably average 20 and 10. You put him on the court and let him play and he’ll figure it out.’’
Williamson, swingman R.J. Barrett and small forward Cam Reddish have declared their intentions to enter the draft.
Our Sam Amico has Williamson, Barrett and Reddish going No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4, respectively, in his most recent mock draft.
Redick said he is not concerned about how the 6-foot-7, 285-pound Williamson will fare as an inside player at that size.
“Have you seen him play?” Redick said of the southpaw. “He’s a unicorn.’’
Redick also has praise for Barrett and Reddish.
“R.J. is a great downhill guard and great playmaker,’’ said Redick, who watched his alma mater’s games in the NCAA Tournament. “Cam is your prototypical 2019 NBA wing.’’