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Don’t Tank for Zion Williamson

Zion Williamson is not the type of player to go #1 pick in the NBA Draft

NBA teams have started the trend of tanking in hopes of getting lottery picks in the draft. While when looking at teams like the 76ers it would be easy to say that this method works, but if you don’t take the best then all those losses are for nothing. This season everyone is high on Zion Williamson from Duke, but he is not the best player in college basketball and should not be who teams tank for. 

 

 The question now about Zion Williamson is, all of it is spectacular I watch it all, can you take what you do and one get Duke to the Final-Four and translate it to the NBA.”

— Mike Wilbon

In stats so far this season Williamson is 30th in points per game, 29th in rebounds, 16th in field goal percentage, not in the top 100 in free throw percentage, not in the top 100 in assists, not in the top 100 in steals, not in the top 100 in 3 pointers, and 57th in blocks.

Mike Wilbon on the topic of Williamson said, “The question now about Zion Williamson is, all of it is spectacular I watch it all, can you take what you do and one get Duke to the Final-Four and translate it to the NBA.”   

The NBA has shown itself to be a shooting heavy league, in recent memory, and Williamson is not an effective shooter. Now defense can overshadow this, but Williamson is not a top talent in that aspect of the game either.

 

Williamson has even shown that he is not the best player on his team, with the stats showing that RJ Barrett is the better player, at least on the offensive side of things and the NBA no longer cares about defense.

 

None of this is to say that Williamson isn’t a good player right now. He is definitely an elite college player, but from what the NBA looks for now his game is not what scouts tend to look for in players. Today’s NBA looks for players who can shoot from beyond the ark. Some of the greatest scores of all time wouldn’t be what people want today in the NBA. Players like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, and Bill Russell wouldn’t play today because they stayed under the basket and built their game around being physically dominant.   

 

All this being said Williamson is a good college player, but in today’s NBA a player like Williamson is not what teams want. The reality of this is with the way fouls are called a player like Williamson, unfortunately, will have a very hard time making it in the NBA. It’s these reasons he will not be the #1 pick, RJ Barrett will be.     

 

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Mike Marshall, Assistant Sports Editor

This will be my second year on the staff at Lamplighter. Last year I wrote a couple of articles and put in scores, rosters, and schedules, for sports....

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