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SportNBA Draft 2019: Here’s how Zion Williamson will fit with the Pelicans

18:45  18 june  2019
18:45  18 june  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

NBA Draft 2019 rumors: Pelicans discussing trading up to No. 2 to pair Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett

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The 2019 NBA draft lottery is in the books as an exciting night came to a close in the best way possible. The Crossover takes a look at Zion Williamson First of all, they entered the most dramatic lottery in years and came away with the right to draft the most exciting prospect to hit the NBA since

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Zion Williamson will almost certainly be selected by the Pelicans with the No. 1 pick in Thursday's NBA Draft. But his new team is about to get a full makeover.

New Orleans sent its first-ever No.1 overall pick, Anthony Davis, to the Lakers for a bevy of assets, including Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first-round picks.

The Pelicans now have one of the most talented young cores in the NBA, and Williamson, who turns 19 in July, will be at center stage in the franchise's renaissance.

Quite a few aspects of New Orleans' play will be different in 2019-20. Let's take a look.

NBA Draft 2019: Pelicans unsurprisingly select Zion Williamson with No. 1 pick

NBA Draft 2019: Pelicans unsurprisingly select Zion Williamson with No. 1 pick Williamson put together one of the most captivating freshman seasons ever in 2018-19. The 6-7 forward averaged 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game while shooting an impressive 68% from the field in his lone season with the Blue Devils. He collected some notable accolades along the way, as well. Williamson was a first-team All-American, Naismith National College Player of the Year, ACC Player of the Year, ACC Rookie of the Year and won the Karl Malone Award. He is just the third freshmen in history to take home the Naismith Award. Williamson, 18, will step into an interesting situation in New Orleans.

It appears that Zion will be a Pelican to start his NBA career. At this point, I'd guess, the draft will start with the fourth pick because, barring a surprise, Williamson , Ja Morant and RJ But here ' s the truth: Zion Williamson is built more like The Incredible Hulk than Charles Barkley — and there But Williams really knows how to play. And, more and more often, players who are described that way

Duke Blue Devils star Zion Williamson probably didn’t expect the New Orleans Pelicans to wind up with the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft . The Pelicans entered the lottery with a six percent chance at landing that selection. The New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls — among others — had better odds.

How Zion Williamson will fit with the Pelicans and in the NBA:

Defense

The Pelicans will field one of the more intriguing defensive units in the NBA this upcoming season, as it has acquired plenty of length and athleticism. The starting unit, however, may have to face some unique challenges given it's personnel, so let's break it down.

Jrue Holiday has made an NBA All-Defensive team in each of the last two seasons, so he's unquestionably one of the more talented defensive guards in the NBA. The 6-4 floor general can defend both guard positions with ease and likely will see plenty of minutes with 6-6 Lonzo Ball, who is one of the NBA's most underrated off-ball defenders. And then there's Josh Hart, who ranked third in defensive real plus-minus among all shooting guards in 2018-19. Only Jimmy Butler and Danny Green edged him out in this category.

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1. Cleveland Cavaliers - Zion Williamson , F, Duke. Williamson will be the first pick in the draft . For my money, Williamson has the potential to be as good as any of them depending how a team builds around him. He simply has a massive influence on winning — not just because of his unprecedented

When the New Orleans Pelicans won the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday, the natural assumption was that Duke’ s Zion Williamson is the first - and only - choice with the But there’ s one way Williamson , who had his heart set on the New York Knicks, guarantees that the Pelicans pass on him: return to

Needless to say, New Orleans has a solid rotation of defensive guards lined up.

Williamson will likely play in a forward spot alongside the lanky, 6-9 Ingram. Ingram's 7-3 wingspan next to Williamson's 285-pound frame and 45-inch vertical could be a nightmare for opposing teams. Both are quick on their feet, as well, so this bodes well for shot-blocking and switchability on the perimeter and in the paint. These two can definitely provide some versatility on the defensive end.

Julius Randle has declined a $9 million player option and, while he'd be an undersized center at 6-9, the experiment could be worth a shot. Jahlil Okafor might come into the picture, but given the lack of depth in the middle, Williamson could fill in as a small-ball 5 from time to time. He has a natural ability to protect the rim.

All in all, the front line of this Pelicans team doesn't look as if it'll fold easily on this end.

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Here are a few takeaways from the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery: Pelicans get Zion no matter what. It was always going to be difficult for the Knicks to build a trade package that could compete with the offers from the Lakers and the Celtics, but winning the No. 1 pick would have been their big trump card.

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Offense

One interesting topic of discussion is what position Williamson should play in the NBA.

Though he was a power forward at Duke, Williamson is "only" 6-7. But we've seen other undersized forwards thrive in an era of positionless basketball — most notably Draymond Green, who also is 6-7. Green can push the pace and serve as a primary distributor, something Williamson has yet to do but has plenty of room to grow.

Williamson made it clear at times that he can handle the ball and is an able and willing passer. But by no means will he be asked to run the offense. Can a high-flying Williamson develop a traditional back-to-the-basket game against considerably taller players? That question needs to be answered.

He certainly has the speed and spring to jell with the Pelicans' new roster. At the very least, he'll be a lethal option on the break. If he develops his jump shot for pick-and-roll and pick-and-pop scenarios, even better. New Orleans' newest attraction simply isn't the kind of player you can just draw up a play for on the block right now, but he is someone with the natural talent to rack up hustle points.

The Pelicans also still have the No. 4 pick in their back pocket. It appears as if they'd ultimately like to trade it for a veteran piece. New Orleans needs a shooter, as its current group won't allow for much floor spacing.

This much we know: New Orleans will be an exciting team everyone will be watching in 2019-20.

Pelicans' Zion Williamson calls spacing in the NBA 'a dream come true'.
“The 3-point line does create more spacing, because everybody can shoot," Williamson said.

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