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Ex-Knicks scouting director says New York ‘better pick’ RJ Barrett

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Former New York Knicks scouting director Brendan Suhr says the franchise “better pick” Duke small forward RJ Barrett with the third overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

The New Orleans Pelicans are going to take Zion Williamson with the first pick and the Memphis Grizzlies are widely expected to select Murray State point guard Ja Morant with the second pick.

Suhr says the Knicks would be getting a player who is born to score the basketball in Barrett.

“They better pick him if he’s there,’’ Suhr told Marc Berman of The New York Post. “RJ has potential to be as good a scoring guard as we’ve had come into the league in the last 10 years. He’s very versatile, with a mentality to score.

“He’s dominated every level, dominated at the FIBA [International Basketball Federation] level. And he’s got great size. He’s a winner, comes from great basketball and athletic family. You’re getting a great kid. He’s the strongest candidate for that pick.’’

At Duke this season, Barrett averaged 22.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists while shooting 45.4 percent from the field, 30.8 percent from beyond the arc and 66.5 percent from the free-throw line.

Barrett is probably the best pure scorer in this year’s draft class. The Knicks would be foolish to pass on him.