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18:20  11 february  2019
18:20  11 february  2019 Source:   thebiglead.com

Miami Dolphins reportedly planning to tank next season

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But both did, giving fans of tanking NBA teams a taste of what could be coming their way. A strong lefty, Williamson may never need to use his right hand at the college level because he can hop-step into the paint whenever he pleases, absorb whatever feint contact brushes against his steel core, and

Right now , Zion Williamson is in a tier by himself. Williamson didn’t enter the season as the consensus No. 1 pick, but he should be by June. Things are up in the air after that . NBA fans will want to keep an eye on French forward Sekou Doumbouya, Indiana guard Romeo Langford, Kansas

After Zion Williamson's efficiently scored 18 points on eight shots against the #1 defense in the country, and added five assists and three blocks, all in front of LeBron James and a large TV audience, it became clear to anyone who was watching: Boy, somebody's going to get lucky three months from now at the NBA Draft lottery.

Williamson has been tremendous all season for Duke, but could he really continue to dominate at 285 pounds all season? Apparently, yes.

Scottie Pippen calls Duke's Zion Williamson the best NBA prospect since Michael Jordan

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While tanking is a mechanism usually employed with regards to the draft, the most egregious example of deliberate losing in recent history perversely had He's right about at least one of these things . A look around the NBA at the present moment does not reveal much in the way of tanking right now .

I think right now with players coming up, I am looking for one-on-one guys who can pose consistent matchup issues, beat their guy off the dribble, take WOO: Zion Williamson Tops 2019 NBA Draft Big Board Rankings. Sharp: That ’s really interesting . I am not totally sold just yet but we will get to that .

There's no bigger deal in basketball right now than Williamson, and that includes the NBA. The Eastern Conference is moderately interesting, featuring an impressive team that hasn't been out of the first round in a decade (Bucks); a team that could finally break through with LeBron gone (Raptors); a team that's been underachieving but has the talent to push the Warriors (Celtics); and perhaps the most talented team that nobody thinks can stick together after this year (76ers). Out West, all anyone is watching for is whether or not LeBron can make the playoffs.

Zion is dominating the NBA conversation.

He's great for tanking teams like the Knicks (currently lost 16 straight), and the Suns (losers of 14 in a row), along with the Cavs, Bulls and Hawks.

LeBron James praises Zion Williamson's athleticism, intangibles after watching Duke

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Right now , they're presumably banking on signing a star over the summer, which is no sure thing . Catching a break in the lottery would greatly expedite the rebuild. But he'd also fit right in between Porzingis and Knox, players who, like Williamson , are interchangeable. The Knicks wouldn't need to

Williamson has the body of an NFL defensive lineman and the explosiveness of a young Dominique Wilkins. The relative seclusion of this event makes it a fascinating setting for Williamson . But if you surround him with the right guys and put him in the right system, he does so many other things .

But what does it say about the current state of the NBA that right now, the most talked-about thing in the League is Zion Williamson, an 18-year old college basketball player at Duke?

This is why the NBA was dealt such a loss when the Pelicans foolishly refused to trade Anthony Davis last week. LeBron x Davis could at least possibly push the Warriors. This year, is anyone in the West taking two games off Golden State?

Meanwhile, Williamson is the runaway Player of the Year, a human highlight reel who cannot be contained, and he's going to enter an NBA franchise next year with a large built-in audience. The aggressive tanking is only going to heighten over the final 25 games. The three teams with the worst record each have a 14% chance at Zion, which means the Bulls might have to start benching its starters if Chicago wants a shot at Williamson.

Even if Memphis lost 25 straight games, it probably wouldn't be enough to slip into the Top 3 and have a shot.

Williamson powers Duke past Notre Dame

Williamson powers Duke past Notre Dame Zion Williamson scored 26 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked four shots, and fellow bedeviling freshmen RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish combined for another 30 points, as No. 2 Duke rolled to an 83-61 victory over Notre Dame. 

Perhaps the only thing most people around the league can widely agree on with respect to this draft class is that Williamson , our preseason No. 1 Barrett is most effective with a head of steam going toward the basket, utilizing a variety of finishes and understanding the importance of drawing contact.

Even though Williamson can overpower people, this coach would much rather see him trim his weight so he can be quicker on his feet and switch onto smaller defenders. The coach is worried about his first step and how he would match up guarding someone on the perimeter. “The big thing for Zion is going

That, sadly, is more important than any regular season game the rest of the way.

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Watch: Duke’s Tre Jones with pass of the college basketball season.
When we’ve seen Duke Blue Devils highlights this season, about 99 percent of them involve stud freshman and likely College Basketball Player of the Year Zion Williamson. But it’s not like the rest of Duke’s young roster is lacking in talent. Just ask freshman guard Tre Jones. Taking on a lesser Notre Dame team Monday evening, Jones showed off his skill set passing the ball. Check out this behind-the-back, no-look pass to Williamson in transition. It’s potentially the best pass of the season. Duke's Tre Jones might have put up the best pass of the CBB season. Amazing. (h/t @3testes) pic.twitter.

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