Duke superstar Zion Williamson is on the verge of becoming a very rich man – and not just because he’s a near-lock to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. One analyst recently revealed that the endorsements Williamson is likely to get might very well surpass whatever money he makes in his first few years in the NBA.
Speaking to TMZ this week, former Duke player and current ESPN analyst Jay Williams gave some added insight as to how much money Williamson is looking at. Among his biggest predictions was that Williamson could get a deal even larger than the one LeBron James received as a rookie in 2003.
“He has that marketability. That smile. And, who else is 6’7″, 285 with a 43-inch vertical that can entertain you like that? Nobody,” Williams said.
Back in 2003, LeBron signed a seven-year contract with Nike worth $90 million. With his mainstream popularity, Williamson could be poised to get an initial endorsement deal even larger than that one.
Williamson would be a rare player to get a deal of that size though.
Marvin Bagley, who signed a deal with Puma as a rookie last year, reportedly did not get anywhere near what LeBron James got in 2003.
However, the market that Williamson ultimately lands in could have a huge impact on what kind of endorsement money he gets.
The sky would be the limit if the last-place New York Knicks make him the headliner at Madison Square Garden.