The six-foot-seven, 285-pounder compiled a career worth of highlights into just one season, becoming the third freshman to be voted player of the year by The Associated Press. The Pelicans received the pick from L.A.in the still-unofficial Anthony Davis trade.
As a rookie, Barrett can enter the league and easily average 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists per night. Last year, it was to trade down two spots to select Trae Young while also acquiring the No. 10 pick in this year's draft.
The forward out of Philadelphia goes No. 4 overall to Atlanta by way of the Lakers, who reportedly made a predraft deal with the Hawks.
"We're really excited with the way it played out for us", general manager Travis Schlenk said.
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The Westtown, Pennsylvania native is known for his athleticism and his shooting ability although he had a streaky shooting season in his lone season at Duke and some questions were raised about his toughness and durability, however scouts have said Reddish's game translates much better to the National Basketball Association style rather than college. They also made some trades, though, and picked three players. Reddish arrived in Durham as a top-five recruit but was only the third option behind teammates Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett, both of whom went ahead of him in the draft.
With tears in his eyes, he told draft broadcaster ESPN, "I don't know what to say. Like I said before, it just means the Grizzlies see a lot in me". Duke joined Florida in 2007 as the only schools with three Top 10 picks in one draft.
Barrett, in turn, is comfortable with the spotlight that comes with being a top draft pick in NY. On Friday morning, the first question he was asked was about shouldering the load for the Knicks as the No. 3 overall pick.