The NBA Draft is kinda messed up, tbh. Zion Williamson may very well be the best NBA Draft prospect since Anthony Davis, but just like Davis, he will most likely play for the New Orleans Pelicans whether or not he wants to.
Zion seems to not really want to play for a team that features two of the best two-way players in the NBA but have relied heavily on Elfrid Payton and, I swear, Jahlil Okafor. I love Jrue Holiday more than most of my (extended) family, but the Pelicans have deserved all the disdain from Anthony Davis. They had numerous chances to build an actual contender around him and Holiday, but they, uh, used cap space on, uh, Solomon Hill and Ömer Aşik. Zion shouldn’t be subjected to the same.
There are several options for Zion if he truly doesn’t want to start alongside E’Twaun Moore. One, he could simply refuse to sign a contract unless the Pellies trade him. He could sign a contract with a European club and dominate in Spain or wherever until New Orleans trade his rights. He could also go to Duke for another year before surely going first in the draft next year. He could also use all of these threats as a strategy to leverage his way out of New Orleans.
Alternatively, he could, hypothetically, transfer to the University of Colorado at Boulder. He won’t, nor should he even remotely consider even remotely considering the infinitesimal chance of playing for the Buffs. And I, a proud CU alumna as of last week, would not be doing my due diligence as a journalist if I didn’t report on something that’s technically possible. I swear I would never do something like this for something as frivolous as page views.
Just imagine, just for a second, Zion running the floor with McKinley Wright and throwing down backboard-shattering dunks. If Zion can carry the dead weight of Alex O’Connell and Cam Reddish, just imagine what he can do with Alex Strating and Lucas Siewert. It would be madness, at least for the remaining three years of his eligibility.
Colorado also has many great programs in the College of Media, Communication and Information, many of which I would highly recommend! After Zion sits out a year due to transfer rules, then finishes his collegiate career with a degree in strategic communication, he can, if blackballed by the NBA, pursue a career in something other than sports.
That, or he can play for the Pelicans.