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Zion Williamson is an unparalleled talent who displayed franchise player potential during just one season of college basketball. Trading for him would immediately bring relevance back to New York. He could join RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish to form an exciting trio for New York, making an intriguing trio. Here's why that could work out well: 1. He’s a Superstar Zion Williamson is one of the league's most impactful players when in good health, dominating both ends of the court with his athleticism and dynamic dunks. Williamson embodies everything necessary for becoming a franchise superstar; accordingly, New York must do everything it can to sign him and ensure his presence among their roster. Williamson was born in Salisbury, North Carolina on July 6, 2000. He was named for Mount Zion - which is thought to have been the highest point in ancient Jerusalem - and attended Spartanburg Day School where he earned five-star status from recruiters and was recognized with McDonald's All-America status and runners up for Mr. Basketball USA as a senior in high school. He decided to forgo his final year of college to enter the 2019 NBA Draft and was selected as the overall No.1 overall pick by New Orleans Pelicans, though his journey with them has been difficult due to injuries and displeasure among Pelican management. Williamson is still dealing with these challenges today but remains one of their key talents despite their best efforts at keeping him under their care. Zion's personal life is also in turmoil, leading to him missing portions of Pelicans practice last season due to what both team and player refer to only as an urgent family medical matter. Such distractions could potentially undermine his game and prevent him from reaching his true potential. New York has been poised to make waves this offseason in both free agency and trade, thanks to a plethora of young assets they can pair with Williamson to attract top free agents. 2. He’s a Rookie Williamson is one of the most exciting young players in the league. Combining power forward size with small forward speed makes him a unique threat from various angles - off cuts, drives, alley-oops - scoring. Plus his unique combination of athleticism and brute strength allow him to exploit mismatches and dominate in the paint. Zion Williamson, though only a rookie, has already left an indelible mark on the NBA world. He was named ACC Rookie of the Year and is one of several leading contenders for Player of the Year honors; furthermore he made the ACC All-Defensive team and will likely win an NBA award himself this season. Zion is truly an elite performer that could make the Knicks competitive again unlike either Carmelo Anthony or Patrick Ewing could ever manage to do. Pelicans General Manager Alvin Gentry will likely only consider trading Zion after being forced by him, so the Knicks should be prepared to make a deal should that occur. Their team of scouts (which includes former General Manager Leon Rose and current Scouting Director Tom Thibodeau) can quickly evaluate talent. Under an ideal scenario, the Knicks would send Julius Randle and Immanuel Quickley to New Orleans in exchange for Zion Williamson and a first-round draft pick from Zion Williamson's draft class. This move would enable New Orleans to retain their rising superstar while providing New York with an effective big man to build championship contenders around. Plus, his arrival will draw fans to Madison Square Garden to watch him in action! 3. He’s a Big Man Zion Williamson can be an unstoppable force on the court when healthy. A powerful forward with elite offensive skills, Williamson can score in multiple ways while possessing enough size to play both inside and outside. Williamson uses his versatile abilities to create and finish plays off-dribble as well as use his strength and explosiveness to penetrate the paint to take advantage of mismatches and create mismatches against opposing teams. Williamson has suffered injuries since being selected first overall and only played in 114 NBA games so far - an alarming stat given his age and talent level. If Williamson can't remain healthy for long enough to remain in New Orleans' lineup, they may look for potential trade partners before it is too late. Zion has shown no indication he's happy in New Orleans, and could force a trade this offseason for the appropriate price. Should that happen, New York should be ready to act. The Knicks offer many talented young players and draft picks that could be included in a trade for Williamson, such as point guard Trey Lyles, small forward Noah Vonlee and center Jonas Valanciunas. Furthermore, their strong group of scouts - Walt Perry, Scott Perry Leon Rose William "World Wide Wesley - could help evaluate talent. Furthermore, having Tom Thibodeau lead as coach is known for motivating players into peak condition quickly. Such an acquisition would provide New York with everything needed to compete for championship contention come 2023; which deserves to be pursued aggressively! 4. He’s a Young Talent Williamson's recent assertion that he adores New York and wants to play at Madison Square Garden (MSG) garnered widespread attention. Although such statements from NBA stars often demonstrate their enthusiasm for MSG's bright lights, Williamson was nonetheless particularly enthusiastic when discussing it with reporters. The Knicks have long tried to lure away star players, and Williamson stands as one of their primary draws. A five-star recruit who graduated from Spartanburg Day School after winning three state titles before moving onto Duke and becoming an All-American and winning its Most Outstanding Player award during 2019. Williamson may want to play in New York, but the Pelicans would likely refuse any trade offers unless forced. With just 114 games played due to injuries during his three year career thus far, they must ensure a viable backup plan if Williamson becomes unhealthy again. But should the Pelicans begin exploring trade options for their young star, the Knicks could make a move quickly. Their roster boasts talented youngsters like RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish that would benefit from having Zion as the centerpiece of their lineup, as well as CAA representing him (Knicks president Leon Rose was once part of CAA and Tom Thibodeau currently represents him). Williamson would join an already impressive group including two All-Stars like Emmanuel Mudiay and Jonas Valanciunas among other stars that New York could call upon. 5. He’s a Durable Asset Zion Williamson has quickly established himself as one of the NBA's most exciting players since being selected in 2017. Unfortunately, however, his lack of durability has caused great concern for New Orleans Pelicans management as they invested so heavily in him and hope he can remain healthy over an entire 82-game season. Zion's injuries have taken their toll on the Pelicans, leading them to consider trading him by 2023. While still young and with two more seasons left on his contract, that might not be enough time for him to build a team around himself; should that happen, his new team would gain access to an invaluable asset at an extremely reasonable cost. The Knicks would make an excellent fit for Williamson and have all of the financial means to do it. Their solid corporate and sponsor base and recently renovated Madison Square Garden arena as well as strong local television deals have propelled them to an estimated league-high worth of $4 billion, according to Forbes. Trading for Williamson would provide the Knicks with an opportunity to add a superstar player and increase their chances of playoff victory. Not every day do teams get to acquire an 18-year-old who is already beloved among fans while possessing potential All-Star potential; therefore it should be explored. Over and Back tells tales from NBA, ABA & pro basketball history through podcast episodes from Fansided NBA Podcast Network.