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3 Biggest Flaws in Zion Williamson's Game

Virginia Tech v Duke
Virginia Tech v Duke

To the surprise of absolutely nobody, Duke superstar Zion Williamson was selected by the New Orleans Pelicans with the first overall of the NBA Draft.

While Williamson was viewed on a tier of his own amongst of draft classmates, he does have some flaws in his game. This isn't a knock on Zion, as he's leaps and bounds the best player in this year's NBA Draft-- but these three weaknesses stick out.

1. Jump Shot Needs Refinement

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA - MARCH 24: Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils shoots the ball against Chad Brown #21 of the UCF Knights during the first half in the second round game of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Colonial Life Arena on March 24, 2019 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
UCF v Duke | Streeter Lecka

Yes, Zion did shoot an incredible 68% from the field and 33.8-percent from three-point land at Duke. But his release isn't refined like most pure shooters, as the ball leaves his hands at the side of his head. It's something that will need to be worked on at the professional level.

2. Big Questions on Defense

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 16: Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils blocks a shot by Raiquan Gray #1 of the Florida State Seminoles during the championship game of the 2019 Men's ACC Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center on March 16, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
ACC Basketball Tournament - Championship | Streeter Lecka

Willamson is known for his ability to block shots with absolute ferocity, and he can steal the basketball out of the opposition's hands with brute force. However, that can be risky in the NBA. If Williamson's focused on forcing the turnover, it could lead to blown defensive assignments. Additionally, he isn't such a tall forward at 6-7, begging questions about which types of players he'll truly be able to guard at the NBA level.

3. Conditioning

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29: Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils looks on against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the first half in the East Regional game of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Capital One Arena on March 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Virginia Tech v Duke | Patrick Smith

Zion Williamson surely plays with a high motor, as evidenced throughout his highlight reel season at Duke. However, there are times he looks exhausted as a result of his full-steam-ahead method, and it particularly affects him defensively. That will certainly be something to keep an eye on in 48-minute games.