On Thursday night, Zion Williamson became the first player born in the 2000s to be drafted in the NBA. The No. 1 overall pick by the New Orleans Pelicans leads the pack of the next generation stars who were born in the new millennium.
ESPN attempted to test a number of the league's newest players – such as Rui Hachimura, Coby White, Jarrett Culver, and Jaxson Hayes among others – on their knowledge of the revolutionary decade that was the 1990s.
Watch how they fared below:
— ESPN (@espn) June 21, 2019
It's crazy for them not to know what a Nintendo is. It's absurd that they don't even know where Beyoncé started her career. And for real, they haven't heard of Outkast?
I guess it's safe to say that the generation gap is real. Any of these guys can already qualify to be the son of Vince Carter, and he's still in the league!
Indeed, the future is now for the NBA as they usher in these next generation of stars. As little as they know about the 90s, please tell me they still know about Michael Jordan.
Kidding aside, all of the players drafted on Thursday never saw Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in their heyday. All they can rely on is highlights and clips of His Airness winning championships and Finals MVPs left and right.
Heck, they probably weren't even old enough to remember watching guys like prime Allen Iverson or even the dynasty three-peat Los Angeles Lakers. All these players probably grew up watching Kobe Bryant in late 2000s, and megastars of the 2010s like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Stephen Curry.
They will soon get to play with their idols on the hard court when they make their respective NBA debuts in October.