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ESPN Analyst Getting Crushed For What He Said About Duke Basketball

Jay Williams smiles for the camera.

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 27: ESPN analyst, former NBA player and pageant judge Jay Williams appears before the 17th annual Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on June 27, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Duke is 5-0, ranked No. 1 in the country heading into today's showdown with No. 3 Gonzaga in the Maui Invitational title game. The Blue Devils' highly-touted group of freshmen has been as advertised.

Duke's freshmen trio of R.J. Barrett, Cam Reddish and Zion Williamson could be the top three picks in the 2019 NBA Draft. But how would they fare against a pro team right now?

Well, former Duke star and NBA point guard Jay Williams thinks they could hang with the 2-13 Cleveland Cavaliers. Appearing on Get Up! on ESPN this morning, Williams compared Duke's starting five to the Cavs' version.

"Look at what this team is, a starting five can not tell me in a one game series Greeny [host Mike Greenberg], Duke at full-strength, that they could not potentially beat this team currently as it is," Williams said.

Of course, saying Duke could beat the Cavs seems insane for a number of reasons. Most notably, the Cavs, while a bad pro team, are a team of pros, whereas Duke only has a handful of future NBA guys. Many in basketball media have taken Williams to task for his argument.

Count me on the side of "it is insane to suggest a college team could hang with a pro team."

I'd also guess Williams himself probably knows this, he just wanted to get a conversation started.