The NBA world has their eyes set on number one draft pick, Zion Williamson, who will be playing in his first-ever NBA season for the New Orleans Pelicans. The hype around the Duke sensation has been incredible with many comparing him to four-time MVP, LeBron James.
Not only is Zion receiving a lot of attention, but the big man is also about to receive a lot of money, unlikely any other rookie in the game.
Still yet to play a game, Zion Williamson has already made at least 95 million dollars, this is through his 75-million-dollar contract that guaranteed by Jordan plus the 20 million dollars that are guaranteed through his rookie contract. The 95-million that Zion will be making before he steps foot on the court is a lot more money than what most NBA players would make over their entire career.
ESPN reported on Wednesday that Zion Williamson’s shoe deal with the Jordan brand is the largest ever for an NBA rookie in terms of annual pay.
The New Orleans Pelicans were extremely lucky to win the number one draft pick in the lottery as they came into it as the franchise had the seventh-best odds of getting the pick. The franchise recently lost Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers, it’s hard to replace that type of talent but they’ve certainly found themselves a superstar in the making.
Zion suffered a late-season knee strain after his Nike sneaker ripped in a match against North Carolina. That has, however, had no impact on his form or on the decision from the Pelicans to draft him with the first pick of the 2019 Draft.