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Pelicans’ Zion Williamson speaks out on all the attention and criticism his body gets

Mike D'Antoni , Zion Williamson, Pelicans

New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson’s body has been analyzed left and right ever since he entered the NBA as the No. 1 overall pick of the 2019 draft out of Duke.

Many pundits believe the Pelicans star is way too heavy, while others marvel at how athletic Williamson is despite being six feet, six inches and 284 pounds.

During an interview with J.A. Adande of Men’s Health, Williamson called it a blessing to have the body and athleticism God gave him.

“I just thank God for giving me the body that I have,” Zion Williamson said.

“People tell me I’m not supposed to do the things that I do at my size. I just take it as a blessing. Eleventh grade is when I grew into my body. My athleticism and speed took off.”

Williamson is the new face of the Pelicans franchise in the post-Anthony Davis era. His rookie season was very up and down, as Zion underwent knee surgery before the campaign started and didn’t make his regular season debut until January against the San Antonio Spurs.

The 20-year-old was also under a minutes restriction due to his knee surgery pretty much all season long.

Once he did step on the court, though, Williamson was a monster for the Pelicans. He averaged 22.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 24 games while shooting 58.3 percent from the field, 42.9 percent from beyond the arc and 64.0 percent from the free throw line.

Despite Williamson’s stellar play, the Pelicans missed the playoffs this season, as they played awful during the seeding games at Walt Disney World. New Orleans fired head coach Alvin Gentry upon returning to the Big Easy, so Williamson will be playing for a new coach in 2020-21.