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Part 1: Zion Williamson vs RJ Barrett

Now that the 2019 playoffs have wrapped up, the league's focus has turned to this year's draft. The NBA draft class of 2019 boasts a handful of elite prospects, two of whom played for the Duke University Blue Devils.

Zion Williamson, the Naismith award-winning lovable leaper from South Carolina, and RJ Barrett, the quiet Canadian wing and reigning FIBA U19 MVP, have been 2 of the top 5 prospects for more than a year. In this post, we will be analyzing how RJ and Zion helped Duke win games and how they compare to each other. Most of the data we will be using can found here. Some of the metrics will be found only in the production version of the application.

On/Off Metrics

We can start with analyzing the On/Off impact metrics for each of these players to gain an initial understand of how they impact the team. The On/Off metrics are just one tool that we will use to try and ascertain which player may have been more valuable on a per minute or per possession basis.

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