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Report: Pelicans’ Zion Williamson measured at 6-6 after being listed at 6-7 at Duke

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Zion Williamson has officially measured at 6-foot-6 for the New Orleans Pelicans, a full inch shorter than the height he was listed at during his lone season at Duke University, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The NBA recently sent a memo to all 30 teams, asking for accurate heights and ages for their players in an effort to be transparent to fans and consumers. This provision is expected to have plenty of players being measured differently.

Most recently, Dallas Mavericks guard J. J. Barea measured at 5-foot-10 after years of being listed as a 6-footer.

Now that Zion has officially lost an inch (there had been claims that he was still growing), it doesn’t really make much of a difference, considering his vertical leap and athleticism are still monstrous assets that will allow him to play the power forward position and even center and hold his own like many other undersized players in the league.

Williamson’s uncanny ability to ruthlessly swat shots in the paint and around the perimeter will make him an absolute wrecking ball, no matter what height he’s listed at. If anything, being a full inch shorter only makes his college accolades all the more impressive, as he pulled down an average of 8.9 rebounds through 33 games, including 1.8 blocks and 2.1 steals per game.

The No. 1 overall pick is poised for a great season so long as he can stay healthy and have enough stamina to finish a long and grueling 82-game campaign. Being measured at an inch shorter is bound to only add to his soon-to-be legendary rookie season.