The crown jewel of college basketball is officially taking his talents to the NBA.
Everyone on the planet knew Zion Williamson was destined for greatness at the next level after dominating at Duke. Following his freshman season where he averaged 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds, which earned him Player-of-the-Year honors, he officially declared for the NBA Draft.
Now that there is no possibility he'll return to destroy rims at the collegiate level, here are the three best landing spots for Williamson.
3. Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers would have the most incredible luck if they landed the top slot in the draft for the fourth time in nine years, but this would be lucky for Williamson as well. They'll have a new head coach, young pieces for him to grow around including Collin Sexton, who turned it on in the second half of the season, and a veteran in Kevin Love who can take the pressure off of him on the offensive end as well as the glass. Williamson will always have the weight of a franchise on his shoulders, but there will be less immediate pressure to do it all with the supporting cast around him.
2. Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks only have the fifth-best odds of landing the top pick in the draft, but Williamson shouldn't complain if they jump the four teams in front of them to select him. This team is incredibly young and is built to compete in the future. John Collins is the forward of the future with 19.5 points and 9.8 rebounds. Kevin Huerter is a sharp shooter. Of course, Trae Young is the Robin to Zion's Batman. Williamson wouldn't have to worry about having to handle the ball each and every play thanks to the playmaking capabilities of the guaranteed All-Rookie First Team point guard. With the offense built around him, Williamson and company could be good for a long, long time.
1. New York Knicks
There are two different paths the Knicks could take this offseason and Williamson would still be lucky to be part of either of them. On one hand, they can swing and miss in free agency and still put together a roster that features offensive potential in Kevin Knox and an athletic freak of a big man in Mitchell Robinson. On the other hand, they can land any combination of Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, and DeMarcus Cousins. Whether he's part of a rebuild with talented assets or immediately becomes a contender in the Eastern Conference, he gets to do so in one of the biggest markets in basketball in front of a fanbase hungry for relevance.
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