The reason Pelicans’ Zion Williamson will be a Hall of Famer, per JJ Redick
On the latest episode of “All The Smoke” with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, Redick spoke about how special Williamson is.
“It’s All-NBA, All-Star, Hall of Fame. That’s his ceiling,” JJ Redick said about Zion Williamson.
“The thing with Zion is that he’s naturally obviously athletic, but naturally skilled. So when he learns sort of how to play the NBA game and think the NBA game, he does it naturally without even putting the thought and the preparation that we all learn.”
Williamson missed the beginning of his NBA career due to knee surgery, but once he made his debut for the Pelicans, the lefty was a monster on both ends of the court.
In 24 regular-season games in 2019-20, Williamson averaged 22.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists while shooting 58.3 percent from the field, 42.9 percent from beyond the arc and 64.0 percent from the free throw line.
The Pelicans missed the 2020 playoffs after playing terribly at Walt Disney World during the seeding games and fired head coach Alvin Gentry upon returning to New Orleans. Thus far, the Pelicans have been linked to Tyronn Lue and Mike D’Antoni as possible replacements for Gentry.
The sky is the limit for Williamson as long as he stays in shape and doesn’t have to go under the knife again. The Pelicans have a bright future in the post–Anthony Davis era with Williamson, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart leading the way.