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An Argument For Zion Williamson At Center

Why not just let Zion be Zion?

New Orleans Pelicans v Sacramento Kings
SACRAMENTO, CA - JANUARY 17: Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans dunks the ball against the Sacramento Kings on January 17, 2021 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.
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As Zion Williamson continues to establish himself as an elite NBA player, people have a lot of questions: is he too heavy? Can he shoot threes? And another very interesting one: what position is right for him?

Now that’s a great question.

Williamson picked Duke because Mike Krzyzewski said that he wanted him to develop as a whole basketball player. Later he said that Williamson had guard skills, which is correct, and wonderfully strange for a guy who is 6-6 and 285.

He’s also cat quick. Go figure.

Well this guy has looked at things more closely and figures that Williamson should actually spend more time at center and makes a statistical argument for it.

There’s no question he could do it. Who can keep up with him? He’s far quicker than almost every big man in the NBA and probably stronger than all of them too (we’ve enjoyed watching highlights lately and watching full grown men bounce off of him like a pinball racking up extra points).

The thing is though that if you try to pigeon hole him into a position he’ll lose effectiveness. Why not just let, you know, Zion be Zion?

Coach K used to tell Shane Battier to “run around and make things happen.” A smart team would tell Williamson that that would be just fine too. He’s too unique and valuable to put into a box.