New Orleans Pelicans’ Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin lauds Zion Williamson after his historic 2nd season in the league.
Zion Williamson is among the brightest young talents in the league. Undoubtedly, Zion will be one of the future faces of the league. What the 20-year-old phenom has achieved in his first two years in the league, has been done by a few very set of all-time greats.
Despite having the added pressure of being the “next LeBron James”, Williamson has tremendously been surpassing all the surreal expectations set on him.
Before the 2019 Draft, there were many who did consider him to be a bit unfit and maybe even a bust. However, the New Orleans Pelicans organization will be more than elated with their 6-foot-8 prodigy.
Usually, it takes rookies a few months or even seasons to adjust to the difficulty of the league. For Zion, it felt as if he had a smooth transition into the league, putting up historic numbers as soon as he set foot on the hardwood.
Even though he wasn’t really able to make a positive winning impact in his first two years as a pro, he surely has shown tons of potential and no doubt will only get better with experience.
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Being the 285-pound beast that he is, Zion is a force to reckon with in the post. He manages to bully big men and scores points at will. Ever since Stan Van Gundy shifted Zanos to the point forward position, Williamson has seen the ball a lot more and impacted the game positively.
David Griffin, recently, addressed the issue of rebuilding a team around their All-Star. While lauding the youngster, Griffin mentioned how it is a bit complicated to build around Zion as he is “one of one”. Griffin explained:
“He’s very complicated to build to because he is literally one of one. There is nobody that has his combination of assets. … When we were leaning into Point Zion, I think you saw a player who’s already top 10 in this league.”
Griff on the issue of building around Zion: “He’s very complicated to build to because he is literally one of one. There is nobody that has his combination of assets. … When we were leaning into Point Zion, I think you saw a player who’s already top 10 in this league.”
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Even though the New Orleans team has an underwhelming season, they will take away a few positives from this 2020-2021 campaign. One of them will surely be the level of production by Zion. In only his second NBA season, Williamson matched a historic record set by the Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal.
Zion managed to show a drastic improvement from his first season. Averaging a staggering 27 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game, Williamson has a strong case of making the All-NBA third team this season. Surely, he is one such talent that the Pels wouldn’t want to give up on.