BY: MICHAEL MAXCY
Zion Wiliamson 6'7" Power Forward Duke
Stats: 20.9ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.4apg, 2.2spg, 1.9bpg, 67.9%fg, 28%3fg, 70.7%ft
We have all seen the highlights all over the sports channels of Zion and his insane dunks. He has become king of a phenomenon in the fact that he produces so many eye opening kind of plays. It is hard to believe a man his size can get so high and look so agile doing it. His extreme athletic prowess also is on display on the defensive end and they way he alters and blocks shots.
His ability to get to the rim and finish is so good. He attacks the rim strong and not many defenders are going to challenge his once he attacks the lane. His dunks get all the attention, but he can finish with a finger roll as well as a layup off the glass. Once he gets by his defender, not many are going to challenge his at the rim until he gets to the NBA.
A man as big as Zion should not be able to move his feet as well as he does. Williamson looks like he may be able to defend some wings as the next level, which makes him versatile on defense. He is also a good help defender and seems to be able to judge the pass and get the steal which leads to those monstrous dunks. If he can switch effectively, that's going to be a huge asset for him in the NBA.
Very Efficient Scorer
Being such a good finisher allows him to shoot at a high percentage. Williamson shoots 68% from the field but a whopping 74.8% from the two point variety. Sure a bunch of those are dunks, but he also as shown improvement in adding a little floater to his arsenal in the paint.
Once again his athleticism is on display on the glass. At almost ten boards a game, he leads Duke in rebounds. The crazy part is his 3.6 offensive rebounds a game. But his rebounds usually leads to fast break opportunity.
While Zion gets most of the Sportscenter highlights, he doesn't let it effect his game. He plays his game very efficiently while teammate RJ Barrett takes more shots than him. He also is a willing passer and will give the ball up when doubled.
While he shoots a high percentage, his perimeter game needs help. His jumper needs to improve and he really needs to improve his range. Her shoots 28% from three which is not good especially with the shorter college line. He is going to have to improve his outside shot, which will make him a deadly cover if he can prove he can make it.
What position is he going to play? So the NBA is going to a sort of position less style of basketball, but he is kind of stuck between a wing and a big man. He appears to be athletic enough to be a wing but a shorter version of a power forward. My guess is that depending on which team drafts him will determine where he plays.
He can get a little careless driving the lane. He turns the ball over at nearly two and a half a game, which seems too high for a player who is not a primary ball handler. If he can cut them down and not pick up too many offensive fouls, he will be even harder to guard.
NBA Comparison: Rodney Rogers
I understand Rogers is not a superstar talent, but his game and Williamson's are very comparable. Williamson is a 50 pound heavier and extremely more athletic version of Rogers. I think Williamson will be a much better player than Rogers, but no one as seen a player like this to compare him to.
Projection: Top 2
Well all indications are looking like Williamson will be the top pick in the draft. I still think RJ Barrett could challenge for top spot, but most teams are not gonna pass on a freaky athletic monster like Williamson.