Zion Williamson took the basketball world by storm, dating back to his high school days. After one productive season with the Duke Blue Devils, Williamson was selected first overall by the New Orleans Pelicans this past June.
Already dubbed the best pro prospect in the 2019 class, is it even possible for the 6-foot-7, 285-pound stud to grow? According to David Griffin, that's exactly what Williamson is doing.
“Yeah, I don’t know that we can determine a weight yet. Zion’s still growing. One of the things that’s lost in this whole process is that, like Jaxson Hayes, Zion is still getting taller," said Griffin, via The Athletic. "We’re not exactly sure what he’ll look like in the end. So a playing weight is not what you look for. What you look for is to be in top condition, to have the kind of core strength and stability that you need to control all of the incredible torque that his athleticism can generate…. So what you have to do with him is do everything you can from a core and stability standpoint to give him more ability to control what he already has in terms of strength and speed.”
Now that's just terrifying.
New Orleans' top draft pick received some flak during the NBA Summer League in regards to his weight. Williamson was listed by the team at 285-pounds, which is the second-heaviest weight amongst all players, only behind Boban Marjanovic of the Dallas Mavericks.
Griffin downplayed the negative chatter by saying Williamson will grow into his desirable NBA size. From his skill inside the paint, dunking, and vicious blocking, Zion's size has never seemed to be an issue.
The fact that Zion is going to be even taller should give the rest of the NBA nightmares. How teams will adjust for it will definitely be something to keep an eye on in the next couple of years.