The hype around Zion Williamson has been building and building since his Duke debut against Kentucky. But now that he's a full-time NBA player preparing for his rookie season, it appears that his fellow rookies aren't entirely buying the hype.
In a recent poll of NBA rookies, Zion Williamson was voted most likely to win NBA Rookie of the Year. However, Atlanta Hawks forward (and Zion's former Duke teammate) Cam Reddish was voted as most likely to have the best career.
Reddish won his poll with 19-percent of the vote, topping Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies, who had 16-percent. De'Andre Hunter came in third with 11-percent, while Zion finished in a tie for fourth at 5-percent.
The poll was conducted by NBA.com.
Zion was the No. 1 overall pick by the New Orleans Pelicans in the 2019 NBA Draft.
He enters the league after winning countless accolades during his freshman season at Duke.
During his freshman season, he averaged 22.6 points per game, 8.9 rebounds per game, and 2.1 assists per game. Duke finished the season with an ACC Tournament title and a spot in the Elite Eight.
Zion followed up his stellar season by signing a record rookie sneaker deal with Jordan Brand.
There's little reason to think he won't thrive in the NBA, but it looks like Zion will have to convince his contemporaries up close and in-person.