Although it comes as no surprise, Zion Williamson is officially entering the 2019 NBA Draft where he’ll likely be the first overall pick.
That’s a phrase plenty of New Yorkers would love to hear on June 20. Of course, the Knicks still need a stroke of luck to secure the first overall pick. They only have a 14% chance at landing the top pick due to the new lottery odds, but the team is hoping Patrick Ewing will bring some luck to the Knickerbockers.
Zion Williamson, on the other hand, has far more than a 14% chance of being drafted first overall. Furthermore, he took to Instagram to officially announce that he was entering the draft.
Williamson thanks his teammates, coaching staff, and family for what he called “the best year of his life.” Although Duke ultimately came up short in the NCAA Tournament, Williamson was the most electric player in all of college basketball.
His remarkable athleticism and imposing strength proved to be a handful for his college counterparts. He averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.1 steals, and 1.8 blocks per game.
Williamson, 18, still needs to improve his outside shooting and work on his off-hand. But due to his transcendent athleticism, he projects to be a stud at the next level.
It’s difficult to envision any team passing on the potential of Williamson. Perhaps a team desperate for a point guard will have eyes for Ja Morant from Murray State, but it doesn’t appear likely at this point.