Even before he stepped foot on an NBA court, Zion Williamson was drawing attention from everyone in the world of basketball. And with a good reason. This kid is something we rarely see, from an insane high school mixtape featuring numerous amazing dunks, a great one-year stint at Duke, to his explosive start as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans.
Zion's psychical tools caught the eye of many fans due to the uniqueness and rarity of a player that size being able to move and jump so fluidly around the court. However, the biggest concerns people saw in his game were regarding his durability, as well as people questioning his skill-set and whether he will be able to use his psychical tools to dominate the big boys of the NBA.
One of his biggest doubters is former NBA player Gilbert Arenas, who was positive Zion doesn't have enough skill to make a significant impact. However, Agent Zero offered an interesting take on how he could still work around that and possibly become the GOAT:
He doesn't have a skill... Skill is drilling, passing, shooting... that's a skill. (...) You know... you put him at the four, I don't see that card moving, you put him at the three... I don't know if he can handle that. You put him at the two, and even if he loses 30-40 pounds, he's still the biggest two-guard, he's still going to be faster than every shooting guard, he'd be stronger than any shooting guard, he'd be the most athletic shooting guard... So that's the position that makes him the next GOAT. Three or four? No chance.
Gilbert Arenas, The No Chill Podcast
Fast-forward to today, and Zion is one of the brightest young stars in the league, doing it from the power forward position. Arenas thought Zion wouldn't be able to use his strength and speed versus other power forwards in the NBA, so he felt playing the shooting guard would at least give him a psychical advantage. But Zion proved Arenas and all the doubters wrong, showing he is amongst some of the most dominant and psychically imposing players in the NBA.
After all, 27.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg, and 3.7 apg on 61.1% from the floor are no joke. To add to the fact he has managed to translate his dominance to the NBA, Zion has shown flashes of an improved all-around game, often serving in the role of a point forward, handling the ball, distributing, and even shooting. If he keeps improving, the sky is the limit for this young man.
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