2019 NBA Draft profile: Duke forward Zion Williamson

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Overall Outlook

Drafting Zion Williamson is the equivalent to a boxer only throwing power punches. You may very well land flush on one and secure a highlight knockout, but you may very well end up becoming punch drunk and end up on the wrong side of a highlight.

Nevertheless, building your franchise on the base of Zion’s broad shoulders is a risk almost everyone would take.

In an extremely top-heavy draft (with three legitimate superstar potential level players, four if you include Bol Bol), Zion Williamson’s upside is just to good to pass up at No. 1.

Zion’s lack of a consistent jumper and long-term durability provide some concern, but he has all the intangibles and athletic traits that you would want in a hybrid forward (who will undoubtedly see some time at the center position at some point in his career).

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With all signs pointing to an ugly divorce between New Orleans superstar Anthony Davis and the franchise, maybe Zion would be more comfortable if he got his Duke running mate R.J Barrett to go join him in the Big Easy. Hello, New York Knicks.