Saquon Barkley praises Kevin Durant, picks Raptors over Warriors in NBA Finals

Marcus White
NBC Sports BayArea

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In the NFL offseason, New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is moonlighting as an NBA analyst. 

At his youth football camp in New Jersey on Sunday, the No. 2 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft told reporters he doesn't like the Warriors' chances against the Toronto Raptors if Kevin Durant continues to miss time with a strained right calf. 

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"If KD comes back -- I mean, KD's the best player in the world," Barkley told Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson. " ... [Kawhi Leonard's] going crazy right now, so I have the Raptors. I said it on my (Instagram) story today. The Raptors are winning The Finals if KD doesn't come back."

Barkley left Penn State just 89 yards shy of the school's all-time rushing record, but he was also played basketball in high school. Despite standing just 5-foot-11, Barkley essentially played power forward for Whitehall High School in Pennsylvania, although his coach told Cleveland.com that Barkley "wasn't the star, he was the glue guy."

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The Warriors lost their first game this postseason in Durant's absence in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. Golden State won five straight without him beforehand, but lacked another scorer alongside Steph Curry in the 118-109 loss. Durant won't play in Game 2, but could be cleared to return once he is able to practice. 

In the meantime, the Warriors will try to prove another famous athlete named Barkley wrong. 

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