Zion Williamson is a freak of nature. No human being that big and strong should still be that explosive, quick, and skilled. The Duke freshman going first overall is practically a formality at this point— regardless of fit.
For those of you who pay no attention to betting, that would mean you would have to bet $200 just to win $10. But don’t just take it from me, here are just a few statements about Zion from some NBA talent evaluators:
“Will be one of the best athletes in the NBA right out of the gate…Possesses a freakish combination of power, explosiveness, dexterity, coordination and body control. Has a very high basketball IQ and is far more skilled than he gets credit for.” – Jonathan Givony, ESPN
“His combination of size, athleticism, power and uniqueness as a prospect will make whoever is picking here impossible to pass. He still hasn’t hit his head on the sky-high ceiling of his potential.” – Kyle Boone, CBS Sports
“Zion is a truly elite athlete with underrated feel and instincts, giving him the upside of a future NBA superstar.”- Mike Gribanov, The Stepien
Long story short: the guy is gonna be really good. Every team is going to want this guy—and because of the new lottery format that increases the odds of jumping to #1 for more successful teams—a lot of teams are going to have a real chance at him.
So for the purposes of this list, we can ignore the Bulls, Suns, and Cavs of the world. Those teams landing Zion would be boring. Let’s get weird with it and find the most fun landing spots for one of the most fun prospects in a long time.
So You’re Saying There’s A Chance
Los Angeles Clippers-
The Clippers are currently the 8th seed in the West but they will most likely fall out of the playoff race after trading away Tobias Harris for draft picks and Landry Shamet. The Clippers have some interesting pieces still: Danilo Gallinari, Montrezl Harrell, Shai-Gilgeous Alexander, and Shamet primarily.
That being said, the real appeal is adding Zion to a team that is a legit free agent destination. Imagine Zion, Kawhi Leonard, and Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving. If anyone can resurrect Lob City, it’s Zion Williamson. Current #1 Overall Pick Odds: 0%