The amazing thing about Zion Williamson’s short NBA rookie season is that he’s arguably doing less than he did at Duke but is possibly more dominant.
Well we’re referring to defense. His defense is still not as quick-strike as it was at Duke. We hope he gets back to that. His rebounding isn’t that great either - he only had three here in 30 minutes.
His offense though is off the charts. People understand that he can’t really go to his right. We saw it in a video before he got to Duke when RJ Barrett forced him to his right and Williamson struggled.
No one else has managed it and certainly no one on Cleveland’s roster.
Williamson shot 11-16 and finished with 24 points. Watch this video and you’ll see the beginnings of what could be the finest fast break in the NBA since Magic Johnson and James Worthy. His teammates, notably Lonzo Ball but others too, are learning that if he’s loose on the break, just give him the ball. The passes are getting longer and longer.
In this game though it wasn’t just Williamson. Fellow former Blue Devil Brandon Ingram shot 11-19 and scored 29. Watch for the play where Ingram tries to throw Williamson an alley-pop and Williamson suddenly realizes that he is about to hit the rim.