Sport Kendrick Perkins Makes Bold Prediction For Zion Williamson
The Pelicans turned Zion Williamson into a point guard, and now they're the best offense in the NBA
The Pelicans have turned Zion Williamson into "Point Zion" and unleashed him on the NBA to great success.Was he too burly and too poor of a shooter to be a wing? Was he too short to battle NBA big men as a power forward or center?
Theknew they might be drafting a generational talent in with the first overall pick in the 2019 draft, but almost no one expected the 20-year-old to have risen so quickly.
In his first full year in the NBA, Williamson has exploded onto the scene. He made the Western Conference All-Star team in just his second season as a pro and has emerged as one of the most talented finishers in the league.
Because of his strong 2020-21 season, Williamson has gathered plenty of supporters. That group includes former NBA center.
Zion Williamson's football frame blended with basketball finesse could be next frontier
The rumble shook the arena, the Jumbotron in the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, the psyches of the fans who made the pilgrimage, the camerapeople who fought for the best angle to document the arrival of Zion Williamson, the most-anticipated NBA prospect since LeBron James. Zion Williamson is shaking up the NBA, breaking rims, ruling the paint, where he scores more points than anyone since prime Shaquille O’Neal. The New Orleans Pelicans play a ground-bound game that Williamson enhances, generating 10.5 extra points per 100 half-court possessions when he’s on the floor, according to Cleaning The Glass.
The ESPN analyst took to Twitter during the Pelicans game and made a bold predication about Zion’s future in basketball.
“When it’s all said and done Zion Williamson will go down as one the most DOMINANT Players to ever play the game of basketball! Carry on…” Perkins
When it’s all said and done Zion Williamson will go down as one the most DOMINANT Players to ever play the game of basketball! Carry on…
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins)
Perkins has become somewhat well-known for his bold takes, but his latest about Zion doesn’t seem so far-fetched.
In 45 starts this year, Williamson has put up gaudy numbers. He’s averaging 26.5 points and 7.0 rebounds on an astounding 62.5 percent shooting. It seems like he can get to the rim whenever he wants with his unique combination of speed and size, making him a match-up nightmare for opposing big men.
Zion scores 34 in return but Pelicans fall 123-107 to three-point bombing Hawks
Atlanta made all 11 of their three-point attempts in the 3rd quarter!A record-breaking, 46-point third quarter was the difference, as the Hawks defeated New Orleans for the fifth straight time.
It’s early in Zion’s career, so time will tell if Perkins’ prediction will come true. For now, the goal will be to keep the 20-year-old healthy as he continues to adjust to the NBA.
Williamson and the Pelicans didn’t fare well against theon Wednesday, . The second-year big man went 4-for-12 and . The Pelicans have now lost four of their last five and have an overall record of 22-29.
But, if the organization can build around Zion Williamson moving forward, the future is bright in New Orleans.
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