June 21, 2022
Zion Williamson Player Profile
NBA Draft: 2019 (Round: 1 / Pick: 1)
Team: New Orleans Pelicans (as of March 2022)
Position: Power Forward
Height: 6′ 6″
Weight: 284 lbs
Date of Birth: July 6, 2000
All-Star Appearances: 1x
Career Statistics: View Here
Zion Williamson Bio
Zion Williamson is an American basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Zion was born in Salisbury, North Carolina, to Sharonda Sampson and Lateef Williamson. Zion's mother worked as a schoolteacher and his father as a supervisor at a Chevrolet plant. As a child, Zion was diagnosed with stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column that can cause nerve damage. Zion began playing organized basketball when he was five years old.
In high school, he led Spartanburg Day School to back-to-back state championships in 2016 and 2017. Zion was widely considered one of the top prospects in the class of 2018. He chose to play college basketball for Duke over offers from Clemson, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, and UCLA.
Zion starred for Duke's freshman team, averaging 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. He was named the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Rookie of the Year and was a consensus first-team All-American. After one year at Duke, Zion declared for the 2019 NBA draft where he was selected first overall by the New Orleans Pelicans.
Zion has been described as an "athletic freak" and "one of the most electrifying prospects" in recent memory. At 6 feet 7 inches tall and 285 pounds, he has been compared to former NBA players Charles Barkley and LeBron James.
Zion is known for his high-flying dunks and rim-rattling slams. He is also an excellent rebounder and shot blocker. Zion has set several NCAA freshman records and is considered one of the best players in Duke history. He is one of only four players to be named National Player of the Year by multiple publications (AP, USA Today, Sporting News).
In his rookie season with the Pelicans, Zion suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee after awkwardly landing following a dunk attempt in a game against the Portland Trail Blazers on February 20th 2020 . Zion underwent successful surgery on April 24th 2020 and is expected to make a full recovery. It remains to be seen how Zion's injury will affect his career going forward but there is no doubt that he has the talent and potential to become one of the best players in the NBA.