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Zion Williamson is 6 ft 7 in, weighing in at 285 lbs, averaging 22.6 PTS, 8.9 REB, 2.1 AST, and shooting 68% from the field. This kid is going to be an animal in the NBA and has the likes to be the next face of the league.
He is a franchise player. Every time he steps foot onto the floor he shows great leadership, raves about his teammates, and is extremely savvy with the media. Zion can bring the ball up the court and is extremely physical. He also has a competitive edge that many NBA players lack. He has great intangibles. Obviously, he has places to improve, especially in the shooting area. However, that skill can only be practiced and honed in the right situation, if coached really well.
When was the last time we have seen a hyped transcendent player like this?
People don’t realize that Zion shoots better from 3 than LeBron did coming into the league. It is not like he can’t add that to his game if he wants to. He is no Ben Simmons. Clearly, Zion is a hard worker, who will pour his heart out for the league and improve upon himself.
Let’s say he doesn’t develop shooting. It won’t kill him. The game has changed so much that it is the easiest it has ever been to get into the paint.
Zion does need to work on his post game, but again that can easily be improved upon.
This is a unique situation. The transferable skills are endless and the development of his body will be very interesting. Zion will lose athleticism the older he gets, but he can slim down and get faster, or go the route of adding weight and just absolutely bullying people all around the court. That athleticism will probably increase or at least stay at a ridiculous level all the way through his prime before declining. Who knows what kind of animal he will be. His vertical is crazy, his lateral quickness is crazy, and his recovery from missed defensive stops is even crazier.
I don’t need to sit here and lecture you about Zion’s absurd body frame, but here is an example of him jumping high, supporting his teammate, and his crazy-long and strong arms.
He can guard any position and has the potential to be the next great point-forward. I have never seen strength and explosiveness like Zion’s.
Gilbert Arenas said, “He will Blake Griffin it.” What does that even mean? It’s not like Blake hasn’t put up good numbers his entire career and collected many accolades. Also, Blake has developed his game so much that he is one of the most efficient All-Star shooters in the league now. Whatever Arenas meant, it seemed like an insult and makes me question his credibility.
The Charles Barkley comparisons are on the money. He is definitely more athletic than Barkley, maybe the version of him that’ll win the big one. Sorry Charles!
Zion WILL rightfully be the number one overall pick and WILL take the league by storm.
Zion’s freshmen year Top 10 Plays: