Zion Williamson is from Wakanda. Like Khalil Mack, he is a direct descendant of the Jabari Tribe (No not Jabari Parker. Please watch the movie) He's a specimen — 6-foot-8, 285 pounds. He's built like Larry Johnson (Google him), can shoot and has a good basketball IQ. He can jump through the roof, he runs the floor like a jacked up cheetah.
Williamson blocks shots, is unselfish and from what it looks like is a solid young man. He's a clear No. 1 pick. There is no way the Bulls, or any team for that matter should pass on Zion. So am I rooting for the Bulls to get the first pick? Nope; I’m rooting for them to get the second. Why? Simple: I want Ja Morant.
Contrary to what my ex-girlfriends have stated, I’m not a complete idiot. If the Bulls get the first pick, draft T’Challa’s cousin. No question about it. That's a no brainer. But in my head that is not happening, which makes it even simpler for my brain and heart to want Ja. He lacks the size of Shuri’s kinfolk but makes up for it in a myriad of other ways. Morant is an all-around player. He’s explosive, unselfish and a great ball handler. He'll rise up and drain a three in your eye just as fast as he would jump over you and dunk on your entire life.
Morant has amazing court vision and led the nation in assists. The nation, at Murray State. He averaged 24 points per game, shot 50 percent from the field, 36 percent from the three point line and averaged two steals a game. Again, at Murray State. Since they started keeping assists as a stat in 1983, do you know how many college players have averaged 20 points per game and 10 assists per game? One: Ja Morant.
Morant lives to have the ball during pressure situations. When the game is on the line, he wants the ball. When the team needs a boost in the second half because they are down by 15, he wants the ball. When they are up by 20, he wants the ball. However, it’s not just him wanting it. Its wanting it and coming through. In a win against Austin Peay (where John Paxson was in attendance), Morant's team needed his scoring and leadership.
So, of course, Morant went out and scored 18 in the second half and ended up with 32 points six rebounds and seven assists. He has a desire and a will to be great that can't be measured. He was not recruited heavily in high school. He was part of the best AAU team in the country. One of his teammates? Killmonger’s nephew. The next year, Zion was gone and Ja was left with the responsibility of leading his team. So what did he do? He balled out, averaging 41 points per game on the best AAU team in the country. He is special.
In a loss against Alabama, a game in which he threw down a dunk so gross you would spit it out, Ja dropped 38.
“We saw him on film and nine times out of 10 when we see guys on film and they come in the building, they aren’t the same," Alabama guard John Petty said when asked about what it was like to play against Morant. "But he was exactly the same. Tremendous player. He’s a great player. I can’t describe him.”
Not enough for you? How about the words of then head coach of Alabama Avery Johnson:
“I saw flashbacks of a lot of guys I played against,” Johnson said. “Whether it’s the old Isaiah Thomas — the Detroit Pistons’ Isaiah Thomas — that craftiness and cleverness. John Stockton’s passing ability. Russell Westbrook’s athletic ability. My God. When I saw him on film…to watch him play in person… it was better than on film.”
Whenever I hear people compare Zion to NBA players, I get Shawn Kemp and Larry Johnson. Both were incredible specimens and excellent players. When I hear comparisons for Ja, I get Thomas, Westbrook and Stockton—Hall of Famers and MVPs.
As far as where he fits with the Bulls, that's pretty obvious. The first glaring hole has been plugged with the addition of Ottomatic. He's been great since coming over and a steadying force on both ends. Point guard is the last hole to fill in the starting five. My goal with all of this is to build around the one true King of the North. If it doesn't fit Lauri, then I'm not really checking for it (with a few obvious exceptions of course).
I need a player that's unselfish. One that's not worried about getting his but CAN get his undoubtedly. One that can run a fast break and recognize mismatches. Understands where teammates want the ball, when and where they need it. One that can feel the pressure and bathe in it. One that will lead the Bulls. The point god from South Carolina can do all of that and then some. I want Ja Morant on the Chicago Bulls. And you should too. Wakanda Forever.Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Bulls easily on your device.