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Zion Williamson simply accomplished a historic season for the New Orleans Pelicans.
He grew to become the primary participant in NBA historical past to attain 25+ factors per recreation on greater than 60 p.c taking pictures earlier than his twenty first birthday, which is fairly spectacular.
Some followers are nonetheless not blissful, as I’ve seen some giving a 20 YEAR OLD SUPERSTAR grades of B+ and C for the season. Huh?
Expectations for this workforce have been too excessive and other people nit selecting a 20-year-old as a result of he’s nonetheless bought just a few flaws is fairly robust. It’s what comes with greatness, so Zion ought to get used to it.
That being mentioned, there are some areas during which Zion Williamson can and should enhance if he desires to get the New Orleans Pelicans to the subsequent stage as a franchise.
New Orleans Pelicans: Zion Williamson’s protection
Rather a lot has been mentioned about this already, so I gained’t belabor the purpose.
Does he want to enhance defensively? Sure.
Is he hopeless? Nope.
Are any 20-year-olds within the NBA good at protection? Once more, nope.
Am I apprehensive? Completely not.
It’s a downside when your two finest gamers are arguably your worst defenders however Zion Williamson is simply beginning to determine issues out and it takes time to get good defensively within the NBA. Additionally, when two guys are anticipated to get you almost 60 factors an evening, it’s a must to count on teammates to choose up the slack defensively, particularly when a kind of guys is in his first full season.
Zion must be a greater on-the-ball defender, to shut out higher on the perimeter, to not get misplaced within the pick-and-roll and to dam extra pictures off the ball, all issues I believe we’ll see over the subsequent two seasons as he begins so as to add nuance to his recreation.
This downside was means overblown however Zion Williamson ought to set a objective of being higher defensively.