At this point, it's safe to assume that Zion Williamson will take the top slot in the NBA Draft on June 20.
But you know what happens when you assume...
Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports spoke on the Wizards Talk Podcast that the deserving player could be Ja Morant.
According to a scout, via NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller, Morant plays with Russell Westbrook-like athleticism and the ball-handling skills of former Wizard, Rod Strickland.
"If that's the case", said Hayes, "then he has to be considered for the No. 1 pick."
Westbrook has been regarded as a top athlete for his speed, power and overall skillset.
On being compared to Rod Strickland, Haynes noted that "without Strickland, you would not have Kyrie Irving." Strickland had a certain control over the ball that made him a great point guard. He ranks 12th on the NBA all-time assist leaders.
The All-American sophomore led the NCAA in assists last season with 10.0 per game. This made him the first player to average double-digit assists since 1994-95. Is that more impressive at a mid-major school like Murray State? Kind of.
Morant gained major interest when he led his team to the NCAA tournament. He joined an elite list of players who have triple-doubled in the tournament.
Congrts to Murray State and much respect to @igotgame_12 on joining the triple double family in the tourney!— DWade (@DwyaneWade) March 21, 2019
If Morant is drafted anywhere in the top three, as expected, he will become the first sophomore to do so since 2013. Who holds the 2013 honor? None other than former Wizard, Otto Porter Jr. This will also make him the first player from a mid-major university since Derrick Rose in 2008.
Haynes admits that "there are a few teams going back and forth between him and Zion."
Will Morant knock Williamson out of the top slot? Only time will tell.
Be sure to check out the Wizards Talk Podcast for up-to-date information on the team.
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