We are currently witnessing the rise of one of the greatest future stars of the league with the 18-year-old Duke star, Zion Williamson. With the 2019 NBA Draft coming up later in the year, Zion is almost certain to become the number one overall pick.
This could be the most hyped up player ever to enter the league since LeBron James in 2003, his future is set up beautifully if he can stay injury-free. During his time at Duke, Williamson averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1,8 blocks per game while shooting an impressive 68.0% from the field along with 33.8 percent from the three-point line.
Wherever Zion Williamson ends up next season, the franchise could certainly have the potential to build their entire future around the big man.
HoopsHype have recently spoke to 10 NBA current and former players about the ability of Williamson and his future potential in the league.
Western Conference guard: “He plays like no one I’ve seen before. He’s like a new-age, more athletic Charles Barkley. I do think his shot needs to change a bit. It’s too low. He’ll have to work on that, but that’s [nitpicking].”
Eastern Conference center: “I think he has the size and athleticism to make an impact right away. And once he gets NBA experience? He’ll be a problem. He’ll struggle at times as he adjusts to playing against stronger guys and he has to find a niche offensively, but I’m rooting for him.”
Retired NBA All-Star: “He can be really, really special. He has a great motor. I see him averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds as a rookie. Blake Griffin is his floor.”
Eastern Conference forward: “I think he’s a generational talent. I have no idea how he’ll fit, but I’m not worried about it. Just put him out and let him play and good things should happen.”
Eastern Conference All-Star: “I haven’t watched too much of him. His athletic ability is obviously crazy and he has so much potential, but it all depends on how he’s going to develop his skills. He won’t be able to just rely on his athleticism in the NBA. His shot will need to improve. But he seems to know how to play the game and he competes.”
Western Conference guard: “I’m interested to see him play against guys his size and who have similar strength. I want to see if he can get around a guy like Kawhi Leonard and other elite defenders. But there’s no denying he has so much potential. He has a chance to be great – for sure.”
Eastern Conference forward: “He’s probably the most dominant college player I’ve ever seen.”
Former NBA player: “I think he will do well during his rookie year, but I don’t think he’ll dominate like people expect because NBA players are just so much stronger and smarter than college players. Bully ball won’t work in the NBA like it did in college.”
Eastern Conference forward: “I could see him developing into a Blake-Griffin-like star.”
Former NBA player: “He’s a better Julius Randle, in my opinion. He’ll be a solid 20-and-10 guy for many years.”