Zion Williamson feels his lack of shooting is overblown
New Orleans Pelicans rookie sensation Zion Williamson has recently opened up about what he thinks of people nitpicking his game. In particular, some critics have highlighted the 19-year-old’s lack of shooting, which Zion believes to be rather blown out of proportion.
Zion Williamson drained a 3-pointer tonight against the Jazz, his first of the preseason.
“I think kinda people overexaggerate the whole ‘can’t shoot’ thing,” he said. “… If they want to leave me open, I’m going to shoot it every time.” pic.twitter.com/9hiGkuAFcR
— Amie Just (@Amie_Just) October 12, 2019
Such is the unmatched potential of Williamson that critics continue to try to actively search for holes in his game. He is definitely not perfect, but in all honesty, his combination of size, skill, and athleticism is not like anything we’ve seen in a very long time.
We are so used to seeing Zion powering his way to the hole using his strength and quickness, that we often overlook his outside game. His perimeter scoring may not be one of his strengths, but let’s also not forget that he averaged 0.7 three-pointers (on 2.2 attempts) per contest with Duke last season. That’s definitely not bad at all.
On Saturday, Williamson and the Pelicans secured a 128-127 victory against the Utah Jazz, as they made it three straight wins in the preseason. Zion top-scored for the Pels, logging a game-high 26 points (on 9-of-12 shooting), one three-pointer, five rebounds, an assist, and just one turnover in 23 minutes of action. The phenom has been outstanding in the preseason, as he has helped lift his side to an unblemished 3-0 record thus far.
The hype is real for Williamson, and we’re all just itching to see him kick off what should be a very promising career in a couple of week’s time, once the NBA season officially gets underway.