Warriors star Steph Curry reveals his thoughts on projected top NBA draft pick Zion Williamson
Duke University star Zion Williamson projects to be selected near the top of the 2019 NBA Draft. The 18-year-old has shown he can do it all during his first taste of college basketball.
Williamson’s success hasn’t gone unnoticed. In fact, he has himself a fan in one of the NBA’s top shooters.
Via Ben Golliver of the Washington Post:
Warriors’ Stephen Curry on Duke’s Zion Williamson: “He has a lot of hype around him and he’s unbelievably talented but you can’t teach his passion and motor. He plays hard every possession and that’s an underrated skill that kids should emulate.” pic.twitter.com/mkqFFE4jvz
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) February 16, 2019
When asked about Williamson, Stephen Curry didn’t just point out his pure basketball talent. The Golden State Warriors’ superstar point guard spoke to Williamson’s plus intangibles as well, including his passion and work ethic.
Williamson, only a freshman, has dominated the NCAA this season. The power forward has averaged 22.0 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists while shooting a ridiculous 68%.
But the skills don’t end there. Williamson is a flashy player on the court, dominating highlight reels with majestic slam dunks and one absurd block last Saturday.
Via Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio:
This block by Zion is one of the most athletic plays I have ever seen pic.twitter.com/SEWQo61g4E
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) February 10, 2019
In part thanks to Williamson, Duke is ranked the number two men’s basketball team in the country. They lead the ACC with a 10-1 conference record and a 22-2 record overall. But number four Virginia and number eight UNC are right on their tail, only a game back in the conference.
As much as Curry would love to share a court with Williamson, there is almost zero chance the Warriors have a shot at him. Many project Williamson to be taken first overall. The Warriors will select near the end of the round as they own the NBA’s third-best record at 41-16.
The Bulls, Cavaliers, Knicks and Suns, owners of the NBA’s worst records by far, have the best shot of winning the draft lottery and getting the first overall selection in 2019.