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 paycheck.
It's been the expected outcome ever since the Pels' were awarded the No.1 selection back on May 14, but now that it's formally in the past, Zion will soon get his first taste of an NBA salary. Before being eligible for an extension, Williamson is now eligible to rake in $9.7 million in the first year of his rookie deal and a total of just over $44 million over four years, notes ESPN's Bobby Marks
Zion Williamson will earn $9.7M in year 1 of his contract- $44.2M in total money over four seasons. Welcome to the NBA,— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) June 20, 2019
From the surface, this kind of salary might appear to not be enough for a player that generates the sort of hype or boasts the kind of potential that Williamson does, but its only the start of his earnings.