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Who Compares to Zion?

March 22, 2019 - 7:08 pm
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Analysts have been trying to compare Zion Williamson to other basketball greats all season, but Tim Brando may have come up with the perfect comparison.

“Charles Barkley morphs into Dominque Wilkins simultaneously,” Brando said on The DA Show. “We take Dominque on one side, Charles on the other, we get a mixologist, and we put them together and form a DNA called, ‘This kid, Zion Williamson.’ Because he’s a combination of both: The Human Highlight Film and the Round Mound of Rebound.” 

That’s pretty perfect. Either way, Williamson is someone who doesn’t come around very often.

“He’s a generational player – one that you only see once every quarter century,” Brando said. “The last guy that you could not take your eyes off of – because he was that big, he was that strong, and he could run the floor in ways that we hadn’t seen at that position in the past – was Shaquille O’Neal. But Shaquille played a different position, and he certainly couldn’t do with the ball with Zion can do, either in the half-court or the full-court. One was a post-up center, and the other is playing as thought he’s a guard at 6-8, 275 or 280.”

Williamson averaged 22.1 points on 69.3 percent shooting from the floor this season. He also averaged 8.9 rebounds, 2.2 steals, 2.1 assists and 1.8 blocks.

He was a force on both sides of the ball.

“Zion’s best offensive move is his first step and his ability to put the ball on the rim,” Brando said. “And if he happens to miss the shot, he goes to get it because of that quick burst. (It’s) faster than the defense can collapse. That is even if he’s double-teamed.”

Duke went 26-2 with Williamson this year and 3-3 without him.

“Without him, Duke is, in my mind, probably a Sweet 16 team, at best,” Brando said. “Tre Jones can get steals, but no one can run the floor and get our on the wings to get those easy baskets in transition quite like Zion. R.J. Barrett can’t. Cam Reddish can’t. In fact, those two guys have been, in my mind, a little disappointing. And it’s one of the reasons why I like North Carolina to beat them (in the national championship)."

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