NBA Draft: Bust or not, landing Zion is a win for the New Orleans Pelicans

NBA Draft Zion Williamson (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
NBA Draft Zion Williamson (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images) /

Whether he ends up being a bust or superstar, landing Zion Williamson with the top pick in the 2019 NBA Draft is a win-win for all parties involved

Owrayt Dwight!

Let the trumpets buzz, the confetti rain from the Heavens.

For the time of Zion has come.

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After all the hurricanes and floods that rocked New Orleans, after their Superman waved goodbye, the basketball Gods have seen their sorrows and now favor the Big Easy.

A new savior has come to show them the way. (Assuming he’s drafted first)

The question is, “Will Zion be enough?”

Let us examine this knight. What virtues does he possess? Is he worthy? (Okay, I’m still high with Game of Thrones mania).

When Zion comes what will happen?

Redefinition of the big man

This is the first time we’ve seen an 18-year-old at almost 300 pounds as fast as lightning, flying as high as the rafters, and with biceps as large as a human head. He’s the closest thing we’ve got to the Hulk. And when he comes to the league, believe me, Zion will smash.

Zion is of the same breed as Giannis. Zion is to the forward/center as Giannis is to the point. He is as what civilized commentators call a “freak.”

He may be a physical prodigy, but don’t be confused this is a very gifted young man. He knows he’s big, and he’s capitalizing on it. His skills mainly focus on his size, and that’s okay. That’s what you call playing to your strengths.

He can block shots, rebound, and box out very well plus he has the added agility to chase down guards. A versatile big man like him will be a headache to coach against. This is positionless skill-based basketball. This is the evolution of the big man.

Progress game theory

Basketball is a game of strategy. When you have physical specimens like a 350-pound Shaq, a 6-foot-11 point guard like Giannis or a 300-pound juggernaut like a Zion mixed in with structurally compatible pieces and good coaching staff, you’ll go places. And most importantly, you’ll confuse the heck out of the opposing team and force them to think out of the box. He’ll bend the rules and indirectly help in expanding basketball strategy like Shaq before him. He’ll help push the game forward.

Bring back box office

Remember the time when LeBron James was 18 and Michael Jordan was watching his high school games, or when Michael Jackson single-handedly made every girl in the world fall in love with him every time he shook his body.

Well, we’re seeing it again. Zion’s star is shining as brightly as yo mama’s freshly wiped dinner plates. Zion’s got magnetism to him that can draw big crowds, numerous merchandise, and consequently big dollars. The amount of salivation in owners’ mouths around the league is understandable if you put it into context.

The best case scenario with Zion is that they get a generational talent that can keep their franchise afloat after their previous gem leaves. The worst case scenario is they get a serviceable big man who can generate big dollar, which they can further use for leverage in trades and of course their wallet filler.

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Whether he’s what he’s hyped up to be or not, having Zion in your team is a win-win situation, and that’s why he’s a game changer.