Ask almost anyone who they think is the best player in the 2019 NBAdraft, and they'll say Zion Williamson.
Ask RJ Barrett, and he'll say RJ Barrett.
"Of course," Barrett said when asked if he believes he's the best player in this class during Tuesday's Get Up, hours before the NBA draft lottery. "I believe in myself. I believe in my abilities. Who doesn't think that they're the best? I've put in the work and time just like everybody else. So, yes, I do believe I'm the best player."
These are questions that are borderline impossible for any player to answer. If Barrett says he's the best, he's saying he's better than Williamson—and thus opening himself to skepticism. If Barrett says Williamson is the best player, it would look like he's being demure or lacks competitiveness.
The answer Barrett gave is about the best way to come off as self-assured without seeming brash.