Zion Williamson gets injured and has to leave the game
Zion Williamson’s foot literally exploded out of his shoe and had to leave Duke’s game against UNC.
— SLAM (@SLAMonline) February 21, 2019
Earlier in the season, some surmised that Duke Blue Devils phenom Zion Williamson should sit for the remainder of the year in preparation for the NBA Draft this June, and this is the reason why.
It looked like Williamson was grabbing at his right hamstring when he went down. Hopefully, this is just a strain or something, but that could have been a torn ACL waiting to happen. Fortunately, Williamson did not land too badly.
Williamson is considered one of the most interesting collegiate prospects in years.
Likened to Charles Barkley by some, the general consensus is that the 18-year-old will be the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft this summer.
Going into Wednesday night’s action, Williamson was averaging 22.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.9 blocks over 29.2 minutes per game while shooting 68.3 percent from the floor, 29.2 percent from three-point range and 66.9 percent from the free-throw line.
At 6-foot-6 and around 285 pounds, some fear that Williamson won’t actually have a position in the NBA. However, others feel that he will get by based on his athleticism alone as a small-ball 5.
Still, in today’s space-and-pace game, it would definitely benefit Williamson to develop an outside shot, something he is still clearly far away from having.
The Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers seem to have the best shot of landing the No. 1 overall pick in the draft lottery.