Is Zion Williamson the Next LeBron James?

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LeBron James was destined for greatness. The freak of nature was drafted straight out of high school with the first overall pick in 2003 and proceeded to dominate the league and become one of the biggest superstars in NBA history.

It’s understandable why people have been handing out up and coming players the title of “The Next LeBron James” ever since. Everybody wants to witness greatness and be a part of history. How cool would it be if you could tell your grandchildren that you watched Jordan’s pursuit of his 6th ring, or if you saw Kobe drop 60 in the last game of his career? Andrew Wiggins and Ben Simmons are just a couple of players that were compared to “The Chosen One” at some point in their young careers. However, for most of these players those comparisons quickly dissipate once they reach the pro level and start playing the against the best in the world. It’s clear now that Andrew Wiggins will probably never be the floor general and playmaker that LeBron is, and Ben Simmons has yet to play a game in the NBA.

The truth is, there will never be another LeBron James. Just like how there will never be another Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan. However, there will always be players that come damn close in similarity to those legends sharing aspects and characteristics like freakish athleticism or unworldly ball handling ability.

Zion Williamson is one of those players. The 6’7”, 230-pound tank is already NBA ready at just 16 years old. He epitomizes “a man amongst boys”, and this season he is averaging 36.6 points, 13.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.9 steals, and 2.6 blocks a game. The King averaged 30.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 2.9 steals, and 1.9 blocks a game and stood at 6’8”, 240 pounds in his senior year of high school. See any similarities?

Here are a few clips of Zion and LeBron, and you can decide whether or not Williamson can rival or even surpass The Chosen One’s legacy in the NBA.

Although there will never be another LeBron James, Zion Williamson may come as close to it as anyone will ever get.

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