Zion Williamson has been one of the best and worst things to have happened in the NBA. Starting with the positives, he’s an absolute anomaly when it comes to basketball. For someone his size, the 23-year-old is swift, consistent, and powerful. But the only issue that he has is durability. This is something that has affected his growth as an NBA player as fans eagerly wait to see him transform into the MVP he truly is.
For the last few seasons that he’s played for the New Orleans Pelicans, Zion has averaged 25.8 points, 7 rebounds, and 3.6 assists while shooting 60.5% from the field per game. He’s yet to play back-to-back full-fledged seasons which will happen once he understands how to stay in shape. Even though he hasn’t played as much, Williamson still has a couple of accolades under his name.
Zion Williamson was named an All-Star twice in his four-year career. He was elected as an All-Star starter during the 2023 All-Star Game but he missed the event due to a hamstring injury. In fact, the injury cost him more than half a season’s worth of games as well. Even though his NBA career hasn’t seen much, he was an absolute beast during his time in college. Let’s take a look into his history a year before being drafted.
Zion Williamson attended Duke University in North Carolina
Zion Williamson was born and raised in North Carolina. He spent most of his life living with his mother, Sharonda Sampson, as his father Lateef wasn’t around as much. He studied at Spartanburg Day School, South Carolina, where he led his team to State and Regional title games. Williamson was given All-State as well as All-Regional honors at this time and he went on to earn multiple other accolades in the future.
Colleges such as Wofford, LSU, Clemson, and many others offered Zion scholarships. However, he chose to commit to Duke University, North Carolina to work with legendary college basketball coach, Mike Krzyzewski. Soon, Williamson would remind the world of his dominance after consistently recording double-doubles during his first few games with the Duke Blue Devils. He appeared alongside RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish.
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He averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game including 2.1 steals and 1.8 blocks. Zion was a defensive monster within the paint as he would record 5 or 6 blocks at times.
He shot 68% from the field, 33.8% from beyond the arc, and 64% from the free throw line. However, toward the end of the regular season, he injured himself and suffered from a grade 1 knee sprain. He eventually returned for March Madness, however, Michigan State eliminated Duke during the Elite 8.