Duke freshman Zion Williamson had his first taste of Madison Square Garden on Thursday night and the amazing experience has left him wanting more, so much so, he's implied that he'd love it if he were to be drafted by the New York Knicks.
The college superstar helped his team come back to win 69-58 over Texas Tech on the night and told reporters afterward it would be incredible to play 41 more games at MSG.
"Forty-one games at the Garden, I mean, it would probably be incredible," he declared, via ESPN.
Williamson, a projected top-five pick for the 2019 NBA draft is actually very likely to play for the Knicks, given that they are one of the worst teams in the NBA this season.
The 18-year-old rates former forward Bernard King as his favorite player to ever suit up for the Knicks, although he admitted that he had to go watch highlights to get the lowdown on the legendary four-time All-Star.
"This is the Garden. A lot of greats have come through here," he added. My favorite great to come through here was probably Bernard King because my stepdad talked about him a lot how he just put the ball in the basket. ... I had to go watch his highlights. He could really score the basketball. He was incredible how he did it.
"Playing 41 games here wouldn't be so bad."
Williamson's star teammate RJ Barrett was also awestruck after playing at MSG for the first time.
"It was amazing," he said. "Electric crowd.
"It's cool. You grow up watching these teams play on TV, now you get to be in the locker room. It's a great experience."
What This Means
The Knicks would do very well to land either Williamson or Barett and they could become contenders in no time if that happens.
They will be able to afford the biggest names in free agency next summer and are tipped to pursue Kevin Durant. If they can pull that off, draft one of the aforementioned and team them up with Kristaps Porzingis, we could have a superteam in NY as early as next season.