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There is currently a very tight race in the basement of the NBA. That race is for the league's worst record, or at least one of the three worst records, thus awarding teams the best possible chance to land the No. 1 overall pick in June's 2019 NBA Draft. 


Both who will be making that pick and who will be selected with that pick are still up in the air. Although, as we get closer to March Madness and the NBA playoffs, we are beginning to narrow it down to a couple of players on the picking end of this unknown. 

By now, pretty much everyone in America has heard of Zion Williamson, ​the high-flying Duke forward enjoying one of the most efficient and impressive college basketball seasons in history. But what many people aren't noticing is another player from a smaller school, with a lesser-known name, who is having arguably just as impressive of a season. 


Murray State point guard Ja Morant has spent the last few months skyrocketing up NBA Draft boards at an almost unprecedented rate. 


Now only one question remains: which one will be drafted first overall? Almost everyone will probably say Williamson, but that answer really depends on who ends up owning the first pick. Before furthering that, let's take a quick look at each player.

Zion Williamson's Stats

- 22.3 PPG

- 9.0 RPG

- 2.3 APG

- 2.0 BPG

- 2.1 STL

- 42.6 PER

Zion is putting up numbers that we've never seen before. So much so, that he's even drawing comparisons to Michael Jordan. 

Zion Williamson Highlights

Zion was made famous in high school for his high-flying dunks, which he has certainly brought with him to Duke, but he's also done so much more.  

Ja Morant Stats

- 24.1 PPG

- 5.6 RPG

- 10.3 ASP

- 0.6 BPG

- 2.0 SPG

- 32.3 PER

Ja Morant Highlights

Morant is an explosive point guard who can seemingly do it all. He is also in line to become the first player in college basketball history to average 20 points and 10 assists over a full season. 

When it comes to who will be getting selected first overall, of the teams in real contention, the New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, and Atlanta Hawks would be most likely to take Williamson. 


The Knicks, Cavs, Bulls and Hawks all currently have young point guards for the future, but the Suns do not. The suns have been in search of a franchise point guard for what seems like years now. 


If the Suns land the top pick, they very well could pass on the high-flying Williamson and take the point guard that has been dazzling college basketball all season. 


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.