The REAL Reason Why Zion Williamson Is SO Good In The NBA (Ft. Lonzo Ball, Pelicans, & Rolls)

Feb 13, 2020
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Zion Williamson has been so good in the NBA, dominating on the Pelicans but why?
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Of course, there are still moments where Zion’s athleticism makes up for a lot. I wanted to wait a few games before immediately calling Zion Williamson good in the NBA. Sure, there were already signs that he would be special from the first game, but to be doing it repeatedly almost every single game for 9 games warrants a much deeper look at his game to see how’s he doing this in the NBA. In 27 minutes a game, he’s averaging 21 points and 7.7 rebounds on 57.6% from the field.
If we take Zion’s per 36 minutes stats, it looks like a video game for a rookie, averaging 28 points and 10.2 rebounds. But that hasn’t slowed him down at all. He’s scored 20+ points in 7 out of his 9 games. The Pelicans have won 6 of their last 8. His teammate Lonzo Ball is one of those guys that knows his teammates strengths and where to give them the ball so that they succeed.
Lonzo said this about Zion. “Obviously, he is a freak athlete, but he's also very skillful," "You can give it to him on the break, postups, short rolls, so he can score in a lot of different ways. And that's why it's so hard to stop him."” A great abbreviated breakdown which we all know, but the inclusion of short rolls caught my eye.
Zion on the other hand uses that to get momentum. Other times which is what I find more important, is that when he is stopped by the defense and he doesn’t get what he wants, he’s patient in finding an opening through angles or upper body movement to lay the ball up. This is not easy at all. I’m being serious, that requires a tremendous amount of body control. For example on this play, it’s the classic pick and roll between Lonzo and Zion. Lonzo attacks, and dishes it off to Zion almost at the three point line. He puts it in a place that Zion can catch it in stride. A defender meets Zion, but since Zion has momentum, he’s able to bump away the defender enough, and then contort to take keep the ball away from the defender’s hand.
Zion is also surprisingly slippery. I know he’s a monster on the court, it’s hard to lose track of him, but Zion knows how to get open. Especially with this spin-off he likes to do. This spin-off move requires a quick burst of lateral quickness, not just raw speed, to get around his defender. We also see it on rebounds like right here when he gets better positioning against Giannis who’s averaging 13.5 rebounds. We saw this in Duke and he’s doing it in the NBA against bigger players.
Now this is a stat that shows Zion dominance on the court. In his first 7 games, 81.3 percent of Zion’s shots either go in the basket or are rebounded by Zion himself. That doesn’t speak to just Zion’s efficiency, that also speaks to Zion’s second jump.
But even without seeing him in action, Zion’s reputation already has a gravity on the court. Now that was his first game and that hasn’t necessarily changed. He gets double in the post, but what really caught my eye was the gravity Zion has off-ball without being a proven knockdown shooter. This is the first time Giannis has played Zion and again we’re talking about Giannis who has the best defensive rating in the league. So if Giannis wasn’t willing to help off Zion who was in the baseline-3 point area to defend an Ingram drive, that speaks to the gravity that Zion. That’s where that size and speed combination plays a factor because it’s a legitimate threat. If it was enough for the Greek Freak to worry about, it’s something the league has to worry about.
He’s still within the offense most games, and there’s a patience to him, not just forcing it every time and calmly assessing a situation but I gotta say that when Zion gets going, he gets going in stretches and turns it on. One thing the Pelicans have done well is run post-ups for Zion, he’s averaging 6.9 post ups per game which would put him at 9th in the league right now and Zion used his weight and lateral bursts extremely well to get into good position down low. From there, he makes decent passes if doubled, powers through defenders. Especially with Lonzo looking for Zion, these post ups also become lob opportunities. Zion Williamson is different, but not just because of his gifts. There’s so much that he does that can’t be explained by numbers, not a weight, not how fast he can get, or how high he can jump. It’s how he’s using his gifts, the small little details that make Zion so good. Can Zion win rookie of the year? All-star by next season?

  • Yeah, Zion is different, is he ROY? Thankks to ExpressVPN, Get 3 months off: Tik Tok-

    MJ2KALLDAYMJ2KALLDAY8 months ago
    • Bro please what is the song in your background my god

      Gayboy 101Gayboy 1018 months ago
    • I believe Ja Morant will be ROY. If he wasn't injured and played at the beginning of the season, there would be no question Zion would be ROY playing the way he is now. Only way Zion can get ROY if JA was out for the rest of the season for some reason but that's not happening.

      T KingzT Kingz8 months ago
    • MJ2KALLDAY roll

      TheRealLunchBox 7TheRealLunchBox 78 months ago
    • You said 7.2 but in the vid it showed 7.7

      JuanCarlos CorreaJuanCarlos Correa8 months ago
    • Zion's better than Ja 1000%, if he played more games he'd be the definite ROTY.

      HisAirnessHisAirness8 months ago
  • Late🥺"Roll"

    G HunchoG HunchoMonth ago
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    Senzo MazibukoSenzo Mazibuko3 months ago
  • Zions 1st 2nd and 3rd jump is insane when going for rebounds or put backs

    Michael AndersonMichael Anderson4 months ago
  • It’s pronounced “zeon” 😂

    B M BB M B4 months ago
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    Abdulsalam RehmanAbdulsalam Rehman4 months ago
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    TheOnlyJeppeTheOnlyJeppe4 months ago
  • Zion, please, get used to landing on two feet 😩

    Oli MercerOli Mercer4 months ago
  • If you think Zion isn’t going to be an all star next year then you just don’t watch basketball

    Christian WoodinChristian Woodin4 months ago
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    Kamran SanghaniKamran Sanghani4 months ago
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    Gasner VilGasner Vil5 months ago
  • Dude this dude is gonna make it to the hall of fame

    Cool HitCool Hit5 months ago
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    Power SantanaPower Santana5 months ago
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    Franzl BaumeischterFranzl Baumeischter6 months ago
  • It's sad knowing that he made this video without knowing that we might not finish the season

    Salty hawks FanSalty hawks Fan6 months ago
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    Matt IsonMatt Ison6 months ago
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    urmom's friendurmom's friend6 months ago
  • Three minutes before the video actually fuckin started smh

    Quinn TewsQuinn Tews6 months ago
  • He’s a MONSTER and a young one. He will own part of the NBA,not part of a team but the NBA guaranteed

    Armando RodriguezArmando Rodriguez6 months ago
  • They doubled him... ON HIS FIRST NBA TOUCH💥💥💥🔥🔥🔥

    Daryl RichardsonDaryl Richardson6 months ago
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    bogdan lbogdan l7 months ago
  • What position would Zion play if he played football??

    GM7GM77 months ago
  • Zion Williamson, A combination of size and speed that we’ve never seen before Shaq: Am I a joke to you?

    Sav4geMonkey 07Sav4geMonkey 077 months ago
  • 4:53 R.I.P. headphone users

    medusasworldofstonemedusasworldofstone7 months ago
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    dwayne wilsondwayne wilson7 months ago
  • Your bedroom looks like a she-shed.

    I'm Your HuckleberryI'm Your Huckleberry7 months ago
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    Redback666 Redback666Redback666 Redback6668 months ago
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    43 Hours43 Hours8 months ago
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    Cheeks gaming CoreCheeks gaming Core8 months ago
  • His attitude is superb. Above all the rest his heart and mind will do more than his talent. May he not lose that Attitude. Thanks

    Harris BobroffHarris Bobroff8 months ago
  • He needs to lose weight, otherwise he will be out from injury.

    Alec KAlec K8 months ago
  • Because the WHOLE NBA changed their game to COMBAT!!! Steph Curry and Run out to tha WING. and they FORGOT about ZION!!! They have NO BIG MEN because they got small and skinny

    Cameron PottsCameron Potts8 months ago
  • i SUBBED!

    qtHydraqtHydra8 months ago
  • I hope he gets roy

    keith Bkeith B8 months ago
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    Sisu MäkiSisu Mäki8 months ago
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    Jonas OglesbyJonas Oglesby8 months ago
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    Let go RaptorsLet go Raptors8 months ago
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    Yvng J.BYvng J.B8 months ago
  • His vert is 40 not 46

    Anthony CalderoneAnthony Calderone8 months ago
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    Belclem NamegabeBelclem Namegabe8 months ago
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    OBslice24OBslice248 months ago
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    Geordie MendezGeordie Mendez8 months ago
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    Leisher SnipesLeisher Snipes8 months ago
  • Let me guess, he is big and athletic?

    Abc it is easy as one two threeAbc it is easy as one two three8 months ago
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    JustBlitzJustBlitz8 months ago
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    elite_julian -_-elite_julian -_-8 months ago
  • You know, why I’ll never subscribe? You talk way too much before starting the fucking video.

    Nithin PrabhaakarNithin Prabhaakar8 months ago
  • zion is how draymond thinks he plays.

    galengalen8 months ago
  • Zion is good, and you have a good channel but most of your recent videos are basically about all the hype about laker stuff, lonzo and his brothers and other stuff that just isn't that relevant, except maybe the stuff about the huge trade and the reality of the warriors situation. Post some stuff about other teams. There are 29 other teams in the NBA, post other content, stop posting stuff about the hype. He also won't be rookie of the year, ja morant all the way. Maybe even eric paschall. And I have a feeling he will get more injuires.

    Jay GimaJay Gima8 months ago
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    tj villapandotj villapando8 months ago
  • Zion wouldve been an all star this season if he played

    North GamingNorth Gaming8 months ago
    • *More games

      Shisui UchihaShisui Uchiha4 months ago
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    Adrian AguilarAdrian Aguilar8 months ago
  • Where does that audio at 10:11 come from?? 😂😂😂😂

    Ryan SmithRyan Smith8 months ago
  • Jsjsjshdbdbdhdh

    KK8 months ago
  • Man to man defense!

    King SolomonKing Solomon8 months ago
  • The video actually starts at 3:00

    ALBA, Rafael Emmanuel C.ALBA, Rafael Emmanuel C.8 months ago
  • For god sake! Stop exaggerating things... he hasn't won anything yet..

    skai repahskai repah8 months ago
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    CheddarrCheddarr8 months ago
  • Besides his athleticism it’s his high basketball IQ that makes him great.

    M.i.c. haelM.i.c. hael8 months ago
  • Man you gotta stop using the Nani

    ClebzenboClebzenbo8 months ago
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    Darknight_gaming _Darknight_gaming _8 months ago
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    Miguel GonzalezMiguel Gonzalez8 months ago
  • I see,,,, Godzilla in Zion so we will name him ZionZilla, King of Monster Dunks. with Mix A Lot s Godzilla remix..

    User619 TLSDCAUser619 TLSDCA8 months ago
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    The GOATThe GOAT8 months ago
  • Before i watch the vid my prediction to why hes having a good season is becuz hes built like a nba player already kinda like lebron but instead he was already built

    Mini is cute and tinyMini is cute and tiny8 months ago
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    Yung ChrisYung Chris8 months ago
  • Thanks for this video, I love all things Zion! I think he is a unique player. If you compare him to anyone else like Shaq or Charles Barkley your predictions will be off about what he’ll do in the NBA. Just grab some popcorn and sit back and watch the Zion Show. I’m thinking he’ll be contending for MVP by his sophomore year 🤦🏻‍♂️

    luisito1273luisito12738 months ago
  • Matindi talaga si Zion.lakas ng katawan

    Emilio LazonaEmilio Lazona8 months ago
  • Im a lakers fan and a knicks fan, its complicated Or u have allways been a knicks fan but its the knicks sooo

    Silas BøgelundSilas Bøgelund8 months ago
  • What's that backround music?

    Ink!Ink!8 months ago
  • Im going to subscribe when he stops begging for subscriptions.

    uzaykouzayko8 months ago
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    RonricoMiguel Berry Jr.RonricoMiguel Berry Jr.8 months ago
  • He isn't that good. The only why is he good because in this era in the NBA no one play defense. They say the same about the antetokoumpo guy and what happens when someone that had a little defense call Leonard stop him. If this era was like 80-99 Zion will be crap. So back op.

    Jose VargasJose Vargas8 months ago
  • But is he Steph Curry with a 46 inch vertical?

    XenXen8 months ago
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    HarambeHarambe8 months ago
  • Tf 0:33

    Really JaydenReally Jayden8 months ago
  • Ja and Zion must be reunited. Trade Zo and Ingram.

    Frankenviews *Frankenviews *8 months ago
  • Easy to stop Zion just take a charge when he's driving down the lane at top speed. What? Nobody?

    Frankenviews *Frankenviews *8 months ago
    • Francis Vincent Ong You have obviously never seen Zion play in person. He is faster, quicker and more elusive then you think. I’ve seen him storming directly at a defender. He’ll leap in the air and turn his body sideways and float right by the defender. Then gently lay the ball in softly off the glass and come back down to earth. He’s got a lot more game than just bully ball.

      Paul LaNouePaul LaNoue8 months ago
    • Francis Vincent Ong I don’t know why anyone would do that to themselves

      Ross OneillRoss Oneill8 months ago
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    Tannum ArmstrongTannum Armstrong8 months ago
  • I want Zion to succeed, but he has knot knees, out of shape and plays above the rim. Any fool can foresee an injury coming in the near future if something about him doesn't change. I hope I am wrong.

    Wis DomWis Dom8 months ago
  • Excellent analysis bro

    Rahual MahjuRahual Mahju8 months ago
  • I hold my breath when zion walks... Its looks painful. Please stay healthy

    Supreme GeneSupreme Gene8 months ago
  • rOlL

    The Daily FrizThe Daily Friz8 months ago
  • If its a secret, you shouldnt be telling that🤫🤫

    John Aubrey ZafeJohn Aubrey Zafe8 months ago
  • The players have been ordered not to play defense against him

    thehome manthehome man8 months ago
  • You didn't mention his passing ability which he is also good on that :)

    Jeff The RipperJeff The Ripper8 months ago
  • 0:34

    Jeff The RipperJeff The Ripper8 months ago
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    Ivan EsparzaIvan Esparza8 months ago
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    Tenzin Yoedsel TsheringTenzin Yoedsel Tshering8 months ago
  • there is no reason why zion is so good, hes just straight good and talented

    Devin ZhengDevin Zheng8 months ago
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    JeffJeff8 months ago
  • Lonzo and Zion are going places

    Nils WallaceNils Wallace8 months ago
  • Bruh, this man uses GarageBand. Ha gay!

    elete kingelete king8 months ago
  • Fuck your lame jokes Fuck your tiktok. Love your content tho

    Popeye On StereoPopeye On Stereo8 months ago