Derrick Williams thinks Zion Williamson is a LeBron James, Scottie Pippen, Tony Allen mix
Duke Blue Devils phenom Zion Williamson is widely considered to be the top prospect in this year’s NBA Draft class and one of the most unique athletes we have seen in the sport for quite some time.
How unique, you ask?
Well, to the point where former NBA forward Derrick Williams thinks he is a ridiculous hybrid:
“He gets in the passing lanes like Scottie Pippen, being able to jump through the lanes,” said Williams, according to Dionysis Aravantinos of Eurohoops.net. “He’s a mixture of three players. He’s a LeBron-ish type of athlete, Scottie Pippen in the passing lanes, Tony Allen on defense. He will be a very good player, I’m excited to see how he does.”
Williams also thinks that Williamson is a generational type of talent overall, which you may have gleaned based on his comparison:
“He’s a unique player. For somebody that’s 6’6”, 6’7” and 280 pounds, he’s so explosive,” said Williams. “He could definitely be one of those generational type of players that people look up to. I think that he has the potential to have that. He’s a really good defensive player. That’s what people don’t really talk about. He gets in the passing lanes really well. It’s a little difficult to pin-point how he plays and who we could compare him to. Yeah… he has the explosiveness like LeBron; not to many people can jump while running full speed like that. LeBron developed his jump-shot, coming off the dribble and shooting, nailing the three-pointers. It’s going to be interesting to watch what levels of his game he’s going to have after Duke.”
Williamson is averaging 22.1 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.8 blocks per game while shooting 69.3 percent from the floor and 65.4 percent from the free-throw line during his freshman season, en route to winning ACC Player of the Year.