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02:25  22 june  2019
02:25  22 june  2019 Source:   ap.org

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Williamson, Barrett may meet in Summer League opener© GI BROOKLYN, NY - JUNE 20: Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett shake hands before the 2019 NBA Draft on June 20, 2019 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Michael J. LeBrecht II/NBAE via Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Former Duke teammates Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett are slated to potentially make their NBA Summer League debuts against one another.

The NBA said Friday that Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans will face off against Barrett and the New York Knicks on July 5, the first day of the league's annual summer showcase at UNLV. Williamson was the No. 1 pick in Thursday's draft, and Barrett was selected No. 3 overall.

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(For the record, Williamson said that R.J. Barrett , his Though Barrett was the top-ranked prospect when he and Williamson signed on for their one-season For his part, Williamson suggested he would have been undaunted by New York had the Knicks, with their league -worst record, landed him.

Williamson would go on to shoot 0 for 5 from the 3-point line over the course of the next two games, but as it turns out, dunks and layups lead to efficient He may not be the top stat-producer in 2018-19 among a crowded roster full of stars, but his role may be of equal importance to Zion and Barrett 's for

Another marquee matchup awaits Williamson on July 6, when the Pelicans take on the Washington Wizards and No. 9 selection Rui Hachimura - the first Japanese-born player to be taken in the first round of the NBA draft.

All 30 NBA teams will be participating in Las Vegas, along with the Chinese and Croatian national teams. China will play the Miami Heat on July 5, the Sacramento Kings on July 6, the Charlotte Hornets on July 8 and the Milwaukee Bucks on July 10. Croatia takes on the Detroit Pistons on July 5, the Brooklyn Nets on July 7, the Oklahoma City Thunder on July 9 and the Dallas Mavericks on July 10.

Every team is guaranteed five games, with eight teams making the playoffs. Quarterfinals are on July 13, semifinals on July 14 and the title game on July 15.

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At age nine, Williamson began waking up every morning at 5 a.m. to train.[6] He competed in youth leagues with his mother Sharonda Sampson coaching When Williamson was a freshman in high school, Wofford gave him his first basketball scholarship offer.[53] In the summer of 2015, with the

Williamson was the No. 1 pick of the New Orleans Pelicans -- a surprise to nobody who watched There might be tears of joy in New Orleans, too, after the Pelicans were able to get the Duke Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Brandon Clarke and Mfiondu Kabengele followed Barrett into the NBA, giving

There are summer leagues again this year in Salt Lake City and Sacramento as well, both of those four-team events beginning July 1. No. 2 overall pick Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies will take part in the Utah event before coming to Las Vegas.

Last year's summer league in Las Vegas set records for attendance, viewership and online traffic across the NBA's social and digital platforms.

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