The NBA draft lottery on Tuesday made a remarkable result when New Orleans Pelicans provided 6% chance and climbed to the last six teams with better possibilities to get the top pick, as expected to become Duke superstar Zion Williamson.
Those who were surprised at the events might be Williamson himself, and it was not long before the speculation that he might have hurt his NBA career in New Orleans. The 18-year-old sensation has several options, including returning to play another season for the Blue Devils.
At ESPN's "The Jump" Wednesday, Brian Windhorst pointed out that Williamson is still not hired by an agent or, as significantly, signed a shoe deal. That maintains his college eligibility, until he pulls his name out of draft consideration on June 1
Windhorst said that the subject of Williamson's likelihood of going to Pelicans – especially after seeing the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers who came agonizingly close to picking the first pick – was "blowing up my phone since last night. "
After suggesting that Williamson "might be threatened to return to the Duke," Windhorst said, "Now, what sort of man is Zion? The people I know who know him say no, this is not whether who is he. "Windhorst added that" this is a conversation happening in the NBA today. "
That conversation could have started a tweet Tuesday from Marc J. Spears of ESPN after attaining the New Orleans lottery. On mentioning a source claiming that Williamson was rooting to go to New York, Spears tweeted that the Year Player of the Year basketball college "was quickly whisked out of the room after Pelicans announced the winner of the draft lottery."  Williamson's instant internet footage got the results of the lottery results, and his wide eyes, sympathetic reactions allowed for different interpretations. The host of "The Jump," Rachel Nichols, also has anchored live coverage of ESPN's lottery results and said on Tuesday night that when Williamson learned that the Pelicans got the No. 1 pick, he "seems to have hit a truck." He said that "when he awoke this morning, New Orleans did not think of him," but he added that "once he set his mind again," Williamson would gain more from the perspective of things.
In "The Jump," the panelist Richard Jefferson brought Steve Francis, the Maryland star who waited until he was introduced by the second general in 1999 by the Grizzlies before pointing out that he had no desire to play for that group, located in Vancouver. The Grizzlies went to trade with him at the Houston Rockets before his rookie season started.
Dominique Wilkins brought a similar move in 1982 after drafting the third overall of the Utah Jazz, and was completed at the Atlanta Hawks. For Williamson, as the supposed No. 1 pick, to let the Pelicans before the draft he wants no part of them will be more common, but some are in line with other sports.
The NFL saw a pair of high-touted quarterbacks, John Elway in 1983 and Eli Manning in 2004, clarifying their aversion to teams in No. 1 picks. However, in both cases, they are still described by teams before trading quickly. In 1991, the NHL's Eric Lindros was also signed by No 1 by a group he warned, the Quebec Nordiques, who first refused to trade him. He spent a time playing at his junior hockey club and the Canadian national team in the 1992 Olympics before sending him to the Philadelphia Flyers.
Colin Cowherd of FS1 mentions examples on Wednesday saying that Williamson should say to Pelicans, "I have removed my name from the draft, so you did not sell me." Cowherd suggested that if not followed New Orleans, Williamson can wait to be No. 1 pick in 2020 and, in the meantime, ask if Team USA Coach Gregg Popovich has an interest in adding him to that squad.
Cowherd added that Duke's return would amount to an unexpected "backward step" for Williamson, but he thought that the possibilities of playing abroad or simply "working for a year" would be reasonable . The overseas option was used in 1989 by another Duke star Danny Ferry, who was dissatisfied with becoming second overall through the Los Angeles Clippers. Ferry spent what he played in the rookie season in Italy, where he had been trading with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
With the possible return to the Duke, Williamson made a terrific move that would make him millions in the short term. As a result, he survived a horror for a time with the Blue Devils, when a knee injury he had experienced after moving to court was less serious than the first one was scared.
warned that injury was represented and was no longer played for the Duke, but he said he was eager to rejoin his teammates for the NCAA tournament run. Two of his closest teammates, new-star affiliates RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish, are also set to become pro, so they will not be near if Williamson returns.
For this and other reasons, go back to the Duke. However, the New York Times told Marc Stein that Wednesday, opening the option to do so could give him the benefit of the Pelicans.
Pelicans have sex with a disgruntled all-star Anthony Davis, who have reportedly hoped he might be convinced to eliminate his trade needs due to the plausible prospect of playing in Williamson. It is also possible that Williamson may get a cue from Davis' sadness in New Orleans and decide that he is also elsewhere.
That dynamics could be good news for the Knicks, with the worst record in the NBA and crushed by the third drop in the draft, but could be an important asset to a possible trade for Davis. If, like many mock draft predictors, New York chooses Barrett, it can surpass Williamson's close friends with Pelicans as the key to helping their prized rookie feel better about his Big Easy scenario.
No matter what happens to Williamson, the Davis fate has been and will continue to be a hot topic until he or she changes or signs an extension to the Pelicans, and their landing of No. 1 pick only adds to intrigue. That may be the most impressive result of the lottery – instantly replaced the Pelicans in arguably the most spectacular league team.