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Sport Zion Williamson is dominating the NBA like it’s just another basketball league

18:05  14 february  2020
18:05  14 february  2020 Source:   sbnation.com

Pelicans star rookie Zion Williamson dealing with sprained toe

  Pelicans star rookie Zion Williamson dealing with sprained toe It doesn't sound serious, but the last things the Pelicans want is for Williamson to suffer any setbacks.Unfortunately for New Orleans, the injury bug has popped up once again surrounding Williamson. The team added him to its injury report ahead of Thursday’s game against the Chicago Bulls.

Zion Williamson is physically overwhelming NBA players the same way he did college players the same way he did high school players. Nine games into his professional career, at 19 years old, Williamson is changing the way we imagine the perfect basketball player to look.

Zion Williamson is physically overwhelming NBA players the same way he did college players the same way he did high school players. Nine games into his professional career, at 19 years old, Williamson is changing the way we imagine the perfect basketball player to look.

Zion Williamson is physically overwhelming NBA players the same way he did college players the same way he did high school players. Ten games into his professional career, at 19 years old, Williamson is changing the way we imagine the perfect basketball player to look. Despite coming off a torn meniscus, he’s already skying over and muscling through the chests of full-grown men who have worked their whole life to make it in the NBA.

Carmelo Anthony: Zion Williamson incomparable 'to anybody that I've seen'

  Carmelo Anthony: Zion Williamson incomparable 'to anybody that I've seen' Williamson was electric Tuesday, contributing a career-high 31 points, nine rebounds and five assists. He shot 10-of-17 from the field and 11-of-14 from the free-throw line. The stat line puts Williamson in truly remarkable company.Zion checked out with 31 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists 19-year olds to put up that stat line:– Kevin Durant– LeBron James– Luka Doncic End of list. Also, Zion played the fewest minutes of anyone to do it at 19 or younger.— Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) February 12, 2020On the season, Williamson is averaging 21.0 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists while shooting 57.

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Zion Lateef Williamson (born July 6, 2000) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association ( NBA ).

Williamson is just getting started, but he’s already must-see TV.

So how good has Williamson really been?

Williamson has been all sorts of incredible, especially when his meniscus injury, age, and pressure from the entire world to instantly produce are factored in. In ten games, he’s scored 22 points per game on 57 percent shooting, with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and three turnovers in 27 minutes.

It isn’t all numbers for Williamson, either. He’s helping a struggling New Orleans team win games. When Williamson plays, the Pelicans are outscoring opponents by 12.8 points per 100 possessions. When he doesn’t, they’re outscored by 3.3 points per 100 possessions. That’s the type of impact an All-NBA player makes. The Pels are 5-5 since Williamson made his debut. They were 18-27 before it.

Giannis has 34 points, 17 rebounds; Bucks top Pels 120-108

  Giannis has 34 points, 17 rebounds; Bucks top Pels 120-108 NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points and 17 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 120-108 on Tuesday night. Khris Middleton scored 20 for the Bucks, who led by 19 in the third quarter before holding off a Pelicans rally in the fourth. Brandon Ingram scored 32 points and Zion Williamson had 20 for the Pelicans, who briefly got as close as seven twice in the fourth period before the Bucks stemmed the tide and improved to 20-4 away from home this season.Milwaukee defended Williamson aggressively, constantly rejecting or fouling him with multiple defenders and often knocking him to the floor. It seemed to pay off.

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In an era of NBA basketball that is defined by skill rather than size and leaping ability, Doncic’s purported athletic shortcomings were always going to Zion Williamson is dominating the NBA like it ’ s just another basketball league Williamson is 19 years old, coming off a major knee injury, yet

How’s Williamson been successful?

Williamson’s been torching NBA defenders the same way he’s played his whole life. He’s so strong he’s been able to rip the ball from unexpected opponents’ hands (even Giannis Antetokounmpo), and take it the other way. Off power dribbles, he’s able to stay strong to his left side, absorb contact, and lay the ball in as if nobody was there trying to stop him. He’s finishing dunks over the top of the defense, and propelling his 285-pound body through the lane.

He’s hardly taking any three-point shots after going 4-of-4 in his debut game. He hasn’t even made one since that night. But it doesn’t matter.

In his ninth-ever game, against the Blazers, with 7’ Hassan Whiteside guarding the rim, Williamson went off for a then-best 31 points. He made 10-of-17 shots, all coming inside the paint. He posted up Carmelo Anthony, leaped over Whiteside for putbacks, and called for lobs above Trevor Ariza’s head. Then in his next game, he scored 32 points on 19 shots against the Thunder.

Gallinari, Paul push Thunder past Zion, Pelicans 123-118

  Gallinari, Paul push Thunder past Zion, Pelicans 123-118 NEW ORLEANS (AP) Danilo Gallinari scored 29 points, Chris Paul had 14 points and 12 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New Orleans Pelicans 123-118 on Thursday night. Zion Williamson scored 32 points for New Orleans, his second straight game scoring more than 30, but Gallinari's clutch shooting - he had 11 points in the fourth quarter - kept the Pelicans at bay.BOX SCORE: THUNDER 123, PELICANS 118New Orleans, which trailed by as many as 13 points in the third quarter, rallied behind Williamson's dominant inside play to take several slim leads inside the final six minutes.

Zion Williamson is everything we imagined him to be, and he is only just getting started. Imagine stuffing Shaquille O’Neal inside of Michael Jordan Sports Zion Williamson has announced his arrival so all can hear. (Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images). Zion Williamson is everything we imagined him

G- League and International. Zion Williamson is going to be the first pick in June’ s NBA draft. This was not immediately apparent at the start of the preseason (we had him No Even if Zion is well within his right to shut it down for the NBA , he just doesn’t seem like the type of player who would do that .

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Williamson’s afraid of nobody.

Just look at Williamson’s shot chart

The best way to describe Williamson to someone who doesn’t know what he does is by handing them this:

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I’m still not sure how to analyze this. Williamson’s shot selection is already near-perfect. Almost all of his shots are coming inside the paint — the hardest place possible to get clean looks, but the most valuable. Sure, he’s only making 60 percent of his shots at the rim, which is around league average. But that number is bound to go up as he regains his strength and adjusts to the NBA.

He’s yet to take a long-two-point shot, and he’s tried 10 three-pointers. He doesn’t shoot many threes, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t an ideal modern NBA forward.

Is there historical precedence for what Williamson is doing?

I mean, hardly.

  • His 31-point nine-rebound five-assist in 28 minutes was the first 30/5/5 game by a rookie who played less than 30 minutes since 1966.
  • He also became the fifth rookie in the last 10 years to have 30 points in one of his first 10 games. He’s the quickest No. 1 pick to do it since Allen Iverson.
  • He’s the first rookie ever with eight 20-point games in his first 10 appearances. The next-two best? Grant Hill and Shaquille O’Neal with seven.
  • He’s the fourth teenager ever with back-to-back 30-point games.

Is he bad at anything?

Sure. He’s 19 years old and 274 minutes into his professional basketball career. Not everything’s been perfect. His turnover rate is high, his three-point rate has dropped off, and he’s shooting just 65 percent from the free-throw line. He gets lost defensively, too. It’s going to take time for him to learn the NBA’s pace and figure out where he needs to be and when.

4 takeaways from Zion's first 10 games

  4 takeaways from Zion's first 10 games Zion's arrived. New Orleans Pelicans phenom Zion Williamson rode a career-best 32-point performance into the All-Star break, which made him the first rookie since Michael Jordan to score 20 or more points in eight of his first 10 games. The Pelicans have gradually built up Williamson's minutes and fans are seeing what made the 19-year-old must-watch television at Duke. Williamson's averaging 22.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.2 assists through his first 10 games. Here are four takeaways from Zion's first month in the NBA.

There' s no bigger deal in basketball right now than Williamson . Zion is dominating the NBA conversation. He’ s great for tanking teams like the Knicks (currently lost 16 straight) But what does it say about the current state of the NBA that right now, the most talked-about thing in the League is

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But this guy is already an absolute scoring terror despite not being good at shooting. His game is reminiscent of early Antetokounmpo, except even he wasn’t this good, this quickly.

Where does Williamson go from here?

Oh, good lord, who knows. He’s going to get better, that’s for sure. He should be expected to have some ups and downs as his rookie year closes and the team tries to make a playoff push. The team sits 5.5 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the No. 8 seed.

But this season doesn’t matter as much as the one after. What happens if Williamson shoots better from the free-throw line? What happens if his shot expands to the three-point line? What happens if his defensive IQ catches up to his once in a lifetime athleticism?

This appears that Williamson is at only 70 percent of his physical capacity coming off the injury. He’s going to get better, and he’s already great.

Zion's dunks leave backboard tilted at Rising Star Challenge .
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