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I Really Hope Zion Williamson Doesn’t Turn Into A Bust

Zion Williamson
I really hope Zion Williamson doesn’t turn into a bust. Should we start to become worried given the injury woes? (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

I Really Hope Zion Williamson Doesn’t Turn Into A Bust

Zion Williamson entered the league as a ray of hope. Becoming the first overall pick in any draft is an honor but Zion was supposed to be different. When Zion was drafted, he was supposed to have generational potential attached to his name. Now? Does anyone know what we’re getting from Zion for the next decade? I don’t think so.

I really hope Zion Williamson doesn’t turn into a bust. I hope and pray to the basketball gods that we eventually get to see a demigod version of Zion that engulfs everything else around him. I’m just starting to get worried we’re never going to actually see that guy. For the record, I still believe in Zion, but I’ve been hurt before. Can I interest you in a Kristaps Porzingis type heartbreak?

We’re now in year three. This is supposed to be the time Zion takes a step forward and enters the MVP conversation. Instead, Ja Morant has sort of done that. It’s no longer crazy to think Morant could now wind up with the better career. If you polled 100 random NBA fans, I think a majority of them would pick Morant. Something that seemed blasphemous on draft day to everyone not named James Jones.

Shhhh: RJ Barrett looks pretty good too. Just saying.

Zion is supposed to be our Giannis. This 6-foot-6 freight train, small ball center that forever changes the NBA. At this point, it feels like the range of outcomes are a never ending list that only a guy stuck in the middle of the woods on mushrooms could figure out. OR… maybe Kevin Garnett said it best – anything is possible.

If a magic fairy from the future told me that Zion turned into a way more talented version of Greg Oden, I wouldn’t be shocked. I also wouldn’t be shocked if Zion became an all-time player either with multiple rings. It’s just hard to feel confident in any scenario.

Zion hasn’t played a game this year. It feels like he’s either always out of shape or hobbled by another injury. Zion has been out so long, that he’s now starting to become underrated. We’re talking about a guy who shot over 60% from the floor averaging 27 points per game as a sophomore. This dude is beyond scary.

I just miss Zion. I want to see him play basketball again. I’m not sure there’s another player that even resembles him. Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk.

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