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2019 NBA mock draft: First round

Yardbarker Logo By Pat Heery of Yardbarker | Slide 1 of 30: Williamson is the can't-miss prospect of this decade. He's a unique combination of LeBron James's athleticism, young Shaquille O'Neal's power and Charles Barkley's body (if Barkley had been 6-foot-7). Zion checks virtually every box a prospect can check. He is incredibly efficient (he destroyed the season NCAA player efficiency rating record), and he has a sense of the moment. He's an elite shot-blocker. And, perhaps most impressively, he plays harder than anyone else on the court. His seemingly unlimited ceiling in the NBA will depend on his health and whether he can develop a respectable jump shot. Knicks fans would treat him like a messiah if their team wins the lottery.

New York Knicks: Zion Williamson, Duke

Williamson is the can't-miss prospect of this decade. He's a unique combination of LeBron James's athleticism, young Shaquille O'Neal's power and Charles Barkley's body (if Barkley had been 6-foot-7). Zion checks virtually every box a prospect can check. He is incredibly efficient (he destroyed the season NCAA player efficiency rating record), and he has a sense of the moment. He's an elite shot-blocker. And, perhaps most impressively, he plays harder than anyone else on the court. His seemingly unlimited ceiling in the NBA will depend on his health and whether he can develop a respectable jump shot. Knicks fans would treat him like a messiah if their team wins the lottery.

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