Pelicans plan to play Zion Williamson at small forward

Few gamers have entered the league with extra hype than Zion Williamson, and whereas accidents delayed his debut with the New Orleans Pelicans, he actually lived up to the hype as soon as he lastly bought on the courtroom.

Williamson averaged 22.5 factors per sport in his first season, whereas additionally offering tons of highlights and explosiveness. The Pelicans made a concerted effort to construct round him this offseason, bringing over guard Eric Bledsoe from the Milwaukee Bucks and heart Steven Adams from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Adams transfer, nonetheless, introduced questions as to how the 2 gamers would match collectively on the ground, with Williamson spending a lot of his time at the 4 and 5 due to his measurement. According to Pelicans GM David Griffin, the answer will likely be to transfer Williamson to the small forward place.

“We very much believe Steven and Zion are going to work very well together,” Griffin stated, according to CBS Sports. “A giant a part of the reason being as a result of Steven is such an elite display screen setter, he can do this on or off the ball. Zion can be utilized as a cutter away from the ball, he can be utilized as a ball-handler.

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“People, I think, unfairly look at him as a big, and being limited to being a 4/5. When we drafted Zion, the thing that excited us the most is the position-less nature of his game. We very much envision a time where Zion’s going to be playing the 3 and defending the 3, and he’s going to be on the handle and Steven’s going to be the one setting the screen.”

Zion is 6-6 and weighs 285 kilos, which naturally lends him extra to the facility forward place, so the transfer is a little bit of a shock. While it might lead him to take fewer blows from larger gamers, thus preserving his well being, there are inevitably going to be wing gamers that may blow by him on protection.

The Pelicans missed the playoffs after going 2-6 within the play-in video games contained in the NBA bubble.


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