Is Zion Williamson the Future of the NBA?


Ethan Hyman

Duke's Zion Williamson (1) celebrates after slamming in two during the first half against Syracuse in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament at the Specturm Center in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, March 14, 2019. (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS)

Haydn Schertz, Staff Writer

Zion Williamson is quickly becoming one of the most popular athletes in the world with his rim breaking dunks and ferocious style of play and he is only 18. At Duke, Williamson put up numbers unlike anyone before him. Williamson, a six feet seven inch small and power forward averaged 22.6 points per game along with 8.9 rebounds. Outstandingly he shot 68% from the field. Not only did he score he was a dual threat two-way player at his time at Duke averaging 2.1 steals and 1.8 blocks. Mostly known for his viral dunks he has also developed his three-point shooting at his time at Duke. To add to his collection Williamson racked up the awards in his freshman season at Duke. A few of the awards that he received included the Wooden Award, Naismith player of the year, All-ACC, ACC all-defense, The ACC tournament MVP, and many others.

Some people consider Williamson to be the next up and coming legend such as LeBron James and many other superstars in the NBA right now. There hasn’t been this much hype around a player since a high school kid from Akron, Ohio with the name LeBron James was making his way to greatness. James has no shortage of praise for the young superstar. In an interview with ESPN’s David McMenamin James had this to say about the Duke freshman, “What strikes me? His agility and his quickness,” James said. “For his size, how strong he is, to be able to move like the way he moves, he’s very impressive. I mean, everybody can see the athleticism. That’s obviously, that’s ridiculous. But the speed and the quickness that he moves at that size is very impressive,” said James. Getting praise like from one of the greats is not something that everyone gets.

In almost every NBA mock draft Williamson is projected to go number one overall. Many thought that the New York Knicks were going to land the first pick, but the New Orleans Pelicans ended up winning the lottery. It is almost a guarantee that Zion will go number one to the Pelicans. Look for things to spice up in the bayou if the Pelicans add Williamson to their roster alongside Anthony Davis, Julius Randle, and Jrue Holiday.