With the 2019 NBA Draft coming up this Thursday, I think we need to look at some of the top prospects and see how they can translate to the next level. As we get closer to the Draft, we’ll start going through scouting reports of the best players in this draft. Today, we are starting with a near lock for the #1 pick, Zion Williamson, out of Duke.

Williamson took College Basketball by storm this year, averaging 22.6 PPG, 8.9 RPG, 2.1 APG, 2.1 SPG, and 1.8 BPG, while shooting 68% from the field and 34% from 3. Williamson won the Wooden Award and the Naismith Award. He also led Duke to the #1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, but would eventually lose to Michigan State in the Elite 8. He’s been called the “Next-LeBron” and a “once-in-a-lifetime player” by experts. But let’s see what skills he has that can carry over and what he needs to work on.

Strengths: incredible athleticism, strength and explosiveness… good length (6’11” wingspan)… good hands… good speed and ball skills… great finisher through contact… unselfish, great playmaker, good defender and shot blocker, showing improvement on jumper… good personality…

Weaknesses: weight (it will be difficult with his play style and weight to play 35 minutes a night), flat shot… pull-up jumper… 3 point shot… plays a little out of control at times… back-to-basket game could improve…

Overall, Zion is by far the best player in this class and should be the #1 pick Thursday. He’s going to average 20 and 10 for years to come, if he stays healthy. If he can become a 35-40% 3 point shot, he will become the best player in the world sooner than we think. I expect him to have a good career and become a Hall of Famer.

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