Zion by the Numbers
The New Orleans Pelicans drafted Zion Williamson on Thursday night with the first overall selection in the NBA Draft. Williamson only played one year at Duke but left a powerful impact on the college basketball landscape.
Zion in 33 games averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.1 steals, and 1.8 blocks per game. Williamson shot 68% from the field with many of his forays to the basket coming from explosive dunks. Zion shot 34% from the arch a number which may surprise some people.
Zion stands 6 feet, 7 inches, and weighs 285 pounds. His size, strength, and unheralded speed give him an advantage in the low blocks against power forwards. Williamson has the agility that allowed an undersized Charles Barkley to excel for years in the league against slower power forwards.
Williamson is expected to be a starter from day one for the Pelicans at power forward while occasionally switching to small forward depending on matchups.
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