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YouTube Gold: Zion Williamson Nearly Gets A Triple Double

As his all-around game comes more into focus in the NBA

NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at New Orleans Pelicans
Jan 29, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) shoots over Milwaukee Bucks center Bobby Portis (9) during the second quarter at the Smoothie King Center. 
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People are still criticizing former Blue Devil Zion Williamson for not being whatever they think he should be - lighter, taller, a better defender, whatever - but with consistent minutes, his game is continuing to grow.

Take Saturday’s game against Milwaukee.

Williamson didn’t shoot as well as he sometimes does with 7-13, but look at his overall stats: 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. That’s pretty close to a triple double.

And there’s one more wrinkle involved with his improvement that’s not getting a lot of attention: his free throw shooting has significantly improved.

In five games in December, he shot 25, 66.7, 57.1, 33.3 and 66.7 percent.

So far this month, while he shot 50 percent from the line against the Clippers and Sacramento (a total of 5-10), in the other games this month he hit 70, 75, 83.3, 100, 66.7, 80, 77.8, 72.7 and 70 percent.

In the last four games, he’s hit 30-40 for 75 percent. That’s a huge improvement and if he can continue that, he’s going to be vastly more effective and will get a lot of easy points because realistically, the only way to stop him is to foul him. And if he’s getting close to 80 percent from the line, that won't work either.