Since the videos of Zion Williamson's squashy squirrels were becoming viral very well before leaving high school, many fans were aware that he possessed enormous physical skills. In the destruction of the inaugural Tuesday's Kentucky duel, however, the freshman of 6 feet and 7, 285 pounds also showed a remarkable skill set, one that had a major NBA coach who gave him the highest compliments.
As Steve Kerr of the Warriors quickly realized, the NBA frowns on team officials like him who argue this way about players who are not on their team. However, he had already let it be known that when he saw Williamson deny his big frame by handling the ball, hitting shots from the outside and doing superb passages, only one thing came to my mind: LeBron James.
Asked Wednesday if he had taken note of something related to Bucks' advanced, Giannis Antetokounmpo, the talented star player for the upcoming Golden State opponent, Kerr replied, "No, but I saw a kid on the Duke last night it's pretty impressive, my mom. "
"I probably can not say anything else, or mention his name," he continued the coach, before acknowledging that Duke had "many" impressive players. "What he has 285", he specified.
"I was thinking of LeBron, I thought it was a single deal, but apparently the next arrival," Kerr said. To the laughter of the journalists gathered at the Golden State study center, he added: "Before being fined, I will change the subject".
While Duke & # 39; s R.J. Barrett, a full-fledged phenomenon, has led his team to 33 points against the Wildcats and is nominated to become the number one overall in the NBA draft next year, Williamson has quickly become the most compelling player of the Blue Devils . He was much more efficient than Barrett in Duke's 118-84 triumph against Kentucky, making 11 of 13 shots for 28 points at his teammate's 13-de-26 shooting performance, and he accomplished the most difficult task. to live up to an extraordinary amount of hype.
As with the countless number of athletic wings scored in the college basketball scene twenty years ago, which were hopelessly miscible as "the next Michael Jordan," the comparisons with James could seem very silly, very quickly for Williamson. But in the short term, it is not difficult to understand why Kerr and the others would have offered them.
Of course, I'm not exactly the same type of athlete, with Williamson doing James, listed 6-8 and 250, with a very elegant appearance. A little shorter and with a weight that would make it the second heaviest player in the NBA this season – only the 7-3 Clippers center, Boban Marjanovic, points the balance to a higher number, and even then, not far to 290 – Williamson's most apt comparison could be Charles Barkley, an equally undersized and sturdy attacker who could split defenders or the sky above them.
In the wake of Duke's victory over Kentucky, a former Blue Devil who is now an ESPN analyst, Jay Williams, invoked that name but mingled into another former NBA star who was famous for his prowess rocking. "I would like to go with the frame of Charles Barkley, that aggression with which he plays," Williams said of Williamson, "with the hop of Dominique Wilkins, it's a scary combination."
In contrast, James's size and passing abilities had likened him to high school at Magic Johnson, and Williamson is not as gifted as a distributor (in all honesty, almost none has been). However, what Kerr was probably getting was just a sense, looking at both players, to possess almost unjust attributes compared to their contemporaries.
In fact, it is already clear that Williamson, although ultimately his career as a basketball player, is in his only category, just as LeBron is not Magic and certainly not Jordan. For now, though, it might be the closest thing we'll see in answering the most frequent question, "If LeBron had to spend a year in college before joining the NBA, what would it be? one did I look? "
In the meantime, Kerr has other things to worry about, like listening to his perhaps overly exuberant comments from the NBA on Wednesday. Understanding that he had approached at least a no-fly zone, Kerr turned to Commissioner Adam Silver and asked him with a smile: "Adam, please do not make me an end, wherever you are."
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