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Zion Williamson: Is he the next chapter of greatness in the NBA, or will he crumble?
Since a young age, Williamson dreamed of being in the NBA. He practiced to get better, and in his junior year of high school, he began to be viewed in the public eye. His ability to dunk threw his name into the spotlight, and the league put him on notice.
Zion Williamson was on center stage for the 2019 NBA Draft. Going #1 to the New Orleans Pelicans, he now has a heavy load on his shoulders. New Orleans has already made Williamson the face of their franchise, but they surrounded him with young talent after trading Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, and future draft picks.
Williamson was a superstar during his time at Duke University, and was sought out to be the next face of the NBA. Williamson brings charisma to his high-motor play style. On the contrary, Williamson’s size could very well catch up to him fairly quickly.
At Duke, Williamson averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game. After nearly averaging a double-double after his one year tenure for the Blue Devils, Williamson added the fuel to his personal fire.
Williamson is now at the next chapter in his career. He will either continue to elevate his play, or his injury history could come back to haunt him. If Williamson can remain healthy, he may be the next great talent to walk into the NBA.
After the commencement of the NBA Summer League, Williamson came down with a bruised knee. As a result, he has been shut down for the summer. As we all hold our breath to see him perform on the big stage, the debate continues on whether Williamson is the next great to step into the spotlight.
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