Zion Williamson RUMORS & NEWS

Zion Williamson

Position Forward
Height 6'7"
Weight 285 lbs
Birthplace Spartanburg, South Carolina
Current Team Duke
  • Shaquille O'Neal would build a franchise around No. 44 pick Bol Bol over Zion Williamson

    USA Today "Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal's allegiance to big men has taken a confusing turn.  O'Neal  told Complex he would build a franchise around former Oregon center Bol Bol, the No. 44 pick in Thursday's NBA draft, over No. 1 pick and Duke standout Zion..." June 22

  • Zion Williamson takes inspiration from Thanos, the 'Avengers' supervillain

    CBS Sports "Zion Williamson won himself fans across the NBA on Thursday night, giving a simple but powerful message to New Orleans Pelicans fans after going No. 1 overall in the 2019 draft: "Let's dance." On Friday, the big man revealed that his viral remarks actually stem from one..." June 22

  • Shaquille O'Neal would build a franchise around No. 44 pick Bol Bol over Zion Williamson

    USA Today "Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal's allegiance to big men has taken a confusing turn.  O'Neal  told Complex he would build a franchise around former Oregon center Bol Bol, the No. 44 pick in Thursday's NBA draft, over No. 1 pick and Duke standout..." June 21

  • Stephen A. comes unhinged, rants league ‘should’ve fixed’ lottery so Knicks could get Zion

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Knicks weren’t able to get Duke’s Zion Williamson on Thursday nightin the 2019 NBA Draft. But ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith — an unabashed Knicks fan — still thinks the Knicks (or “we” as he refers to the team) are..." June 21

  • What Zion Williamson Stands to Earn on His Rookie Contract

    12 Up "Was it ever really in doubt? Thursday night in Brooklyn, the New Orleans Pelicans made a it official by selecting former Duke freshman phenom Zion Williamson with the No.1 overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft. And with this big moment comes a big..." June 21

  • Pelicans GM: Zion not here to 'save this franchise'

    ESPN "An historic week for the New Orleans Pelicans came to a peak Thursday evening when general manager David Griffin and the front office chose Zion Williamson with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft. "We had a rather eventful evening," said..." June 21

  • Zion Williamson Gave An Emotional Speech About His Mother After He Was Drafted No. 1 Overall

    Dime Magazine "Zion Williamson knew for months that he would be the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft. But all the preparation in the world can’t prevent emotions from getting the better of you in major life moments. That was the case on Thursday, when Williamson was taken No. 1..." June 20

  • New Orleans Pelicans take Zion Williamson with No. 1 overall pick

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "With the first pick of the 2019 NBA Draft on Thursday night (June 20), the New Orleans Pelicans selected Duke freshman forward Zion Williamson. Shocker, right? New Orleans landed the pick in the May 14 lottery despite only having 6% odds at doing so. When it did,..." June 20

  • Zion Williamson could sign with a Chinese shoe company

    Yahoo Finance "Few would question that Zion Williamson is by far the top play entering the NBA, and so where he’ll play is not up for debate. But what will be on his feet when he debuts as a professional basketball player? Could a Chinese brand like of Li-Ning, Peak or Anta steal the hottest NBA rookie..." June 20

  • Presumptive No. 1 NBA Draft pick Zion Williamson being sued for $100 million over alleged contract breach

    CBS Sports "Just hours before Zion Williamson hears his name called by NBA commissioner Adam Silver as the No. 1 pick of the 2019 NBA Draft, the Duke star has found himself in the midst of another legal battle. According to the Associated Press, Williamson, who recently signed with with..." June 20

  • Zion Williamson not looking to fill LeBron James' shoes

    ABC News "Zion Williamson knows he's likely to be the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday's NBA draft. But for now, the equation is simple. "I just want to hoop," he said. Williamson, who will turn 19 a week after the draft, spent the 2018-19 collegiate season blowing..." June 19

  • Prospects to Pros: Comparing the 2019 NBA Draft Class to NBA Greats

    Complex "The NBA Draft has become a bigger deal than the NBA Finals. Both take place in the same month, but only one can change the fortunes of all 30 franchises. In fact, for many fans, the promise and potential of the incoming crop of players have eclipsed the biggest games of the NBA season...." June 19

  • What makes Zion the next great NBA prospect

    The Score "The 2019 NBA Draft is providing fans with a rare glimpse of a true phenomenon. Prospects like Zion Williamson don't come around every year; perhaps the only fair comparisons to the buzz he's creating are LeBron James in 2003 and Shaquille O'Neal in 1992. Though comparisons..." June 18

  • Three big decisions that will show us the Pelicans’ plan for Zion Williamson

    SB Nation "When the New Orleans Pelicans leapfrogged six spots to land the No. 1-overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, they received the a golden ticket to selecting the 6’7, 275-pound tank that is Zion Williamson. No longer were they the team tethered to Anthony Davis,..." June 18

  • The Pelicans Are Giving Zion Williamson the Future Anthony Davis Never Had

    The Ringer "Fresh off winning the lottery, the New Orleans Pelicans got greedy and committed a robbery. By trading Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, the No. 4 pick in the 2019 draft, and two additional future first-round picks, the Pelicans have bucked..." June 16

  • LaVar Ball: Zion Williamson needs to learn how to play

    Yardbarker "Lonzo Ball has already had the privilege of calling LeBron James a teammate for a season, and he will soon be playing alongside a young superstar who many believe will be the next LeBron. Lonzo’s father LaVar clearly isn’t viewing it that way just yet. With Lonzo having..." June 16

  • Lonzo Ball Could Be Exactly What Zion Williamson Needs in New Orleans

    Bleacher Report "Zion Williamson is loaded with potential. He was likely destined for greatness, regardless of who his teammates were slated to be in his first few seasons of development. But the New Orleans Pelicans' reported acquisition of Lonzo Ball may expedite the process. Of course, Anthony..." June 16

  • Zion Williamson sues to end agreement with marketing firm

    ESPN "Duke star Zion Williamson is suing to enforce his termination of an agreement he signed with a Florida marketing company, maintaining their deal was unlawful under North Carolina law, his attorneys told ESPN. Williamson is set to become the No. 1 overall pick to the New Orleans..." June 13

  • Is drafting Zion Williamson worth all the hype that will come with taking him No. 1?

    CBS Sports "Next Thursday night, on a stage inside Brooklyn's Barclays Center, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will walk to a microphone and announce to the world something we've known would happen pretty much since last November -- specifically that Zion Williamson will be the first pick of the 2019..." June 13

  • Where will Duke's trio land among the top draft classes from 1 school?

    The Score "For all of Duke basketball's accomplishments in the Mike Krzyzewski era - five national championships, 12 Final Fours, and 65 players drafted into the NBA - this will be a first. Barring the biggest surprise in NBA draft history, Zion Williamson will go first overall to..." June 13

  • Zion Williamson set to meet with Pelicans ahead of NBA Draft

    Sportsnaut "The New Orleans Pelicans, who own the No. 1 overall pick, will host Zion Williamson ahead of the NBA Draft, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. Williamson is widely expected to be the top pick of the draft, so this in no way is a surprise development. However, there..." June 10

  • Zion Williamson Investment Advice From 'Shark Tank' Star

    TMZ "Zion Williamson is about to be an instant millionaire ... and who better than "Shark Tank" star and wealthy businessman Kevin O'Leary to give the future NBA superstar some investment advice!!! So grab a pen and paper, Zion ... 'cause Mr. Wonderful is about to give..." June 09

  • Zion Williamson leads 9 invited to draft green room

    ESPN "Nine players received invitations to attend the NBA draft and sit in the green room, a source told ESPN. Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, RJ Barrett, Darius Garland, De'Andre Hunter, Jarrett Culver, Coby White, Cam Reddish and Jaxson Hayes received the first batch of invites, the..." June 08

  • Zion Williamson invited to USA Basketball camp, has chance to make World Cup roster

    USA Today "Zion Williamson, the projected first pick in the June 20 NBA draft, has been invited to USA Basketball's August training camp as part of a 10-man team of players on the rise, and he could make the senior roster for the FIBA World Cup, the New York Times reported. “We..." June 07

  • Adam Silver Reveals Advice He Gave to Zion Williamson

    Complex "The New Orleans Pelicans were preparing to usher in a new era before winning this year's draft lottery. Following the Anthony Davis trade fiasco, the team fired Dell Demps and hired former Cavaliers vice president David Griffin as their new General Manager. Now, they'll likely also..." June 02

  • Zion Williamson Hires Austin Brown, Lisa Joseph-Metelus Of CAA As Agents

    Real GM Basketball "Zion Williamson has hired CAA agent Austin Brown and Lisa Joseph-Metelus as his representation. Brown represents Dwyane Wade, Pau Gasol, D'Angelo Russell, Gary Harris, Jaren Jackson Jr., Donovan Mitchell and several other NBA players. " May 30

  • Can Zion Williamson turn NFL-loving New Orleans into a basketball town?

    Washington Post "On May 14, the small night staff of WDSU, the NBC affiliate here, gathered around a TV to watch the NBA draft lottery. The Pelicans, coming off a tumultuous 33-49 season, were tied with two other franchises for the seventh-best odds of landing the No. 1 pick, just 6 percent. “I..." May 27

  • Zion Williamson could hire agent possibly as early as next week

    Sporting News "We are now under four weeks remaining before the 2019 NBA Draft, and there's still something curious about Zion Williamson, the player on whom the entire draft world has been focused for about eight months: He still has not signed with an NBPA-certified agent. Not that he needs..." May 26

  • Master P & Romeo: Offer Zion Williamson Movie Role ... And $20 Million Shoe Deal

    TMZ "Zion Williamson hasn't set foot on an NBA court yet and he already has a shoe and movie deal offer, courtesy of Master P and Romeo.  ... but only if Zion actually comes to New Orleans. We got the father-son duo out in Los Angeles, and they told us they have a role..." May 26

  • What team would Zion Williamson choose if the NBA Draft didn’t exist?

    SB Nation "Two years ago, I unveiled my preferred plan to abolish the NBA Draft. It will never happen: the draft is too big a draw, and the system works rather well as the NBA’s preferred cost-controlling competitive balance exercise to bring amateur players into the league without empowering..." May 23

  • David Griffin disputes notion Zion Williamson doesn’t want to join Pelicans

    Sportress of Blogitude "Reports suggest Zion Williamson was unhappy that the New Orleans Pelicans beat the odds and won last week’s Draft Lottery, thereby assuring the team would select him given his status as the consensus No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. On Tuesday, new Pelicans executive vice..." May 21

  • No, Anthony Davis did not turn down Zion Williamson's autograph request

    Sporting News "Zion Williamson is already learning what it's like to be part of the NBA media machine. The Duke star's old comments from a Home Team Hoops documentary resurfaced after New Orleans won the 2019 NBA Draft lottery - and caused quite a stir. Multiple outlets reported Williamson,..." May 21

  • Zion Williamson Never Gonna Pass on NBA Money ... Says Matt Barnes

    TMZ "Matt Barnes says there's no way in hell Zion Williamson's gonna pass up on NBA money just 'cause NOLA ain't New York ... telling TMZ Sports going back to Duke would be too much of a risk. Earlier this week, there were rumblings Z-Dub could go back to Durham after the..." May 19

  • Master P 'Zion Will Be Bigger Than Michael Jordan ... If He Plays For NOLA'

    TMZ "Master P says if Zion Willamson decides to play for the New Orleans Pelicans he could be BIGGER THAN MICHAEL JORDAN because of the sheer love he'd get from the community. The Pelicans got the first pick of the draft (hi, New York!) and almost immediately people started to..." May 18

  • Cam Reddish believes intense spotlight on Zion Williamson 'a little bit unfair'

    USA Today "Zion Williamson was nowhere to be seen Thursday at the NBA draft combine, but he was there in spirit as his former Duke teammate Cam Reddish fielded a dozen questions from reporters about the type of splash the presumptive No. 1 pick will make in the league. Reddish believes the..." May 17

  • Zion Williamson Meets With Pelicans and Grizzlies, R.J. Barrett Huddles With Grizzlies, Knicks

    Forbes.com "In the wake of Tuesday night's NBA Draft Lottery, Duke teammates Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett met here in Chicago with several of the teams at the top of the pecking order. Williamson, the consensus No. 1 pick in the June 20 NBA Draft in Brooklyn, met with both New Orleans and..." May 17

  • Zion Williamson’s high school coach says Zion would be honored to play for Pelicans, won’t request trade

    Clutch Points "The high school coach of Zion Williamson, Lee Sartor, says Zion would be honored to play for the New Orleans Pelicans and won’t return to Duke or request a trade. The Pelicans won the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday in Chicago and will likely take Zion Williamson with the..." May 16

  • Every reason the ‘Zion Williamson returning to Duke’ rumors are completely absurd

    SB Nation "For some reason, a pocket of NBA fans and pundits believe Zion Williamson — the de facto No. 1-overall pick in this year’s upcoming NBA Draft — should go back to Duke for a year because the New Orleans Pelicans unexpectedly won the draft lottery, not..." May 16

  • Zion Williamson Not Considering Return to Duke

    The Big Lead "For everyone, including yours truly, who thought there might be a chance that Zion Williamson would return or at least threaten to return to Duke to leverage his way off the Pelicans, those talks have been shut down:

    May 16

  • What if Zion Williamson turned down the Pelicans?

    New York Post "As Lloyd Christmas would say, “So you’re telling me there’s a chance?” Not good. Not likely. It’s very slim. But, for a second, let’s imagine Zion Williamson back in college, dominating like few college athletes ever have and giving himself a chance..." May 16

  • Windhorst/Stein Report Zion Williamson Could Theoretically Return To Duke

    Real GM Basketball "Both Brian Windhorst of ESPN and Marc Stein of the New York Times have reported that there have been conversations in NBA circles that Zion Williamson could theoretically return to Duke for his sophomore season now that the New Orleans Pelicans have won the 2019 draft..." May 16

  • Colin Cowherd Suggests Zion Williamson Should Refuse To Play For New Orleans

    Fadeaway World "The 2019 Draft lottery yielded some interesting results. The Suns, Mavs, Cavs, and Bulls tanked all year only to end up outside of the top 4. Meanwhile, both the Knicks and the Lakers landed with top 5 picks, marking a very exciting time for the two most lucrative franchises in the..." May 16

  • NBA Rumors: No Indication Zion Williamson Would Refuse To Play For Pelicans

    Inquisitr "The New Orleans Pelicans won the NBA Draft Lottery Tuesday night, giving them the right to draft one of the most highly-touted prospects in years, Duke’s Zion Williamson. The Pelicans are already dealing with a trade demand from their current star center, Anthony Davis, who is..." May 15

  • Pelicans’ season ticket sales immediately sky-rocketed after draft lottery

    Sportsnaut "The mood late this season in New Orleans was not exactly friendly. As the Pelicans closed up shop on a disastrous season and with star big man Anthony Davis requesting a trade, fans in the Bayou needed some good news. They got that Tuesday night when New Orleans shockingly..." May 15

  • What If Zion Williamson Refuses to Play for the Pelicans?

    The Big Lead "The New Orleans Pelicans won the NBA Draft lottery last night. Their sales staff was exultant, and why shouldn’t they be? Whether Zion Williamson or Ja Morant winds up being a better basketball player will be played out on the court but — for at least the time being — the..." May 15

  • The Knicks can still be 2019 offseason champions even without Zion Williamson

    SB Nation "It seemed to be fate. The same year the Knicks had their worst season in franchise history, Zion Williamson emerged as the franchise-altering talent the world envisioned. It didn’t matter that both Phoenix and Cleveland had the same 14-percent odds at the No. 1 overall pick as..." May 15

  • Source: Zion Williamson Was 'Rooting' For Knicks To Win Lottery

    Real GM Basketball "Zion Williamson was "rooting" for the New York Knicks to win the lottery, according to a source that spoke with Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. Ian Begley of SNY.tv also reports he heard Williamson was "looking forward" to playing for the Knicks. The New Orleans..." May 15

  • NBA Draft lottery winner will not give up Zion Williamson

    Sportsnaut "As the NBA’s lottery teams gather for the annual event, a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski notes that whoever lands the top overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft will not part with Zion Williamson.

    May 15

  • How Zion Williamson went from high school mixtape star to can’t-miss NBA Draft stud

    SB Nation "The legend of Zion Williamson was born out of grainy footage shot on shaky cellphone cameras. It spread like a virus, infecting millions of social media users stupefied at what they were watching. Here was a 16-year-old whipping his body through the air for windmill dunks, 360 dunks,..." May 14

  • Zion Williamson explains why he chose to play after injury scare with Duke last February

    Clutch Points "Consensus No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson’s journey to the NBA ran into a speed bump in February when he infamously blew out his shoe and sprained his knee in a highly anticipated game against UNC. Many people, including current NBA players, advised Williamson to sit out the..." May 14


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