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Zion Williamson not comparing himself to any NBA player, wants to be the first and last Zion

Zion Williamson

Duke forward Zion Williamson has been described as a once-in-a-generation type of player, one who can change the scope of an NBA team and turn one from pretender to contender in a few years. While only a few handful have gotten that label, the quickest one coming to mind is “The Chosen One” — LeBron James.

Yet Williamson isn’t willing to entertain such comparisons, looking to make his own stamp on the game:

“It’s pinned on my Twitter. I’m going to shock the world,” a confident Williamson told SLAM Magazine. “You can think what you want. You can look at the prototypical positions, you can do that, but I’m just going to be myself and I’m going to keep doing that.”

Williamson has been shocking the world with his airborne play and otherworldly athleticism from his high school days, recently putting it on display with Duke during his freshman season.

Williamson is expected to be the top overall selection and a complete game-changer for whichever team lands the No. 1 pick. The New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns and Cleveland Cavaliers all boast an equal 14% chance of landing the top pick.

Yet no matter the team, the only expectations Zion Williamson will be forced to live up to are his own:

“I’m just trying to be myself,” he said. “I’m not trying to be the next nobody. I’m trying to be the first Zion and the last Zion.”

The 2019 NBA Draft Lottery is on Tuesday night.