Sport Zion Williamson Left the Knicks Wondering What Just Happened After a Couple Dunks
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?
The New Orleans Pelicans visited the New York Knicks for a classic Madison Square Garden matinee game on Sunday. It was also's first ever game at MSG. Was there any pressure on Zion? We may never know. Zion had a mostly quiet first half, but he did catch one alley-oop from during the second quarter that left Kevin Knox, Julius Randle and Taj Gibson pointing and shrugging and asking, why didn't you stop him?
✨ Live from New York, it's the Zo and Zion show ✨— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA)
Each one of them made an excellent point. How can you lose Zion Williamson in transition? Especially with Lonzo Ball bringing the ball up the court.
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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.
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A few minutes later Zion split the defense and took it to the rim where he was met by no one. Nerlens Noel can be seen wisely getting out of the way.
ZION HAMMERS IT HOME MY GOODNESS— Bally Sports New Orleans (@BallySportsNO) |
These are both typical reactions after most Zion Williamson dunks.
Charles Oakley says Julius Randle is 'a better version of Zion Williamson' .
The Knicks came two picks short of drafting Williamson in 2019Charles Oakley doesn't think of it as a particularly damaging loss. In his eyes, the Knicks signed the superior power forward a month later when they inked Julius Randle to a three-year deal. During an appearance on SiriusXM NBA Radio (h/t Marc Berman of The New York Post), Oakley celebrated the fact that New York finally "got a superstar" by declaring that Randle is the better and more versatile player.