Zion Williamson doesn’t want to play in a big NBA market, report says

With the NCAA basketball season winding down and the NBA Draft two months away, speculation as to which team will draft star forward Zion Williamson has started to heat up.

Williamson has already stated: “Whatever team drafts me, that’s where I want to be.” But it turns out he may have a preference as to where he plays next as the 18-year-old “doesn’t want to play in a big market,” Tracy McGrady reported on ESPN’s “The Jump.” 

Williamson hasn’t expressed unwillingness to play for any team, though he did recently say he’d he honored to play for New York if that’s where he was drafted.

There are still some questions as to which team will get the No. 1 pick with the NBA’s lottery system, but the Knicks, Suns, Cavaliers, Bulls and Hawks all have a shot at securing the overall pick, depending on how the lottery pans out.

ESPN notes the Knicks and the Suns are projected as the favorite to earn the top pick for draft, which begins June 20, both with a 14 percent chance. Entering Friday’s games, New York has the worst record in the league at 14-58, while the Suns are three games back with a 17-56 record. 

Williamson, who has averaged 22.1 points and 8.9 rebounds while shooting 69.3 percent from the field, still has to finish out his college season by competing in the 2019 NCAA Tournament. His top-seeded Duke team opens up the tournament Friday with a Round 1 game against North Dakota State.