Zion Williamson Could Be The Best Choice Of The # 1 NBA In A Decade | Bleacher's report

Durham, NC, Jan. 19: Zion Williamson, No. 1 Duke Blue Devils, moves the ball against the Virginia Cavaliers in the second half at the Cameron Indoor Stadium on January 19, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Lance King / Getty Images)

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Duke's Zion Williamson is the 2011 NBA draft pick who leads him to become No. 1 and has an unparalleled mix of power, speed and blast. But even the highest level of athletics can only carry one player up to now.

What about his skills and his level of execution through 18 games?

There was no scout with whom Bleacher Report spoke who did not nominate him as potential candidate # 1. This was not always the case, most giving this title to teammate RJ Barrett in October. With an average of 21.7 points, Williamson separated from the group in project by reinforcing his image of more than a dunker.

It is arguably the most impressive season of the NCAA among the recent selections # 1.

After a 500-minute university career, it's worth looking at how far the 285-pound player has generated the attack by other means compared to the recent No. 1 picks in their last university seasons prior to the repechage.

Note: We also included Joel Embiid, given his position and successes during the same period. Kyrie Irving was ruled out after playing 11 college matches in total.

Synergy Sports uses points per possession to measure the production and effectiveness of each potential customer. He focuses on the half-court game, which scouts will take a closer look at with Williamson, given how convincing he always felt at the transition.

He has already answered questions about his position as the game slows down. Indeed, he is among the top scorers of the half-field of the nation and occupies both positions for Duke.

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More than a quick weapon (PPP in half-court)

Williamson: 1.17 PPP

Anthony Davis: 1.16 PPP

Deandre Ayton: 1.15 PPP

Blake Griffin: 1.05 PPP

Karl-Antony cities: 1.04 PPP

Anthony Bennett: 1.03 PPP

Joel Embiid: 1.02 PPP

Ben Simmons: 0.94 PPP

Markelle Fultz: 0.93 PPP

Andrew Wiggins: 0.91 PPP

John Wall: 0.79 PPP

In terms of production and efficiency in the half-field, Williamson has the best season among the top # 1 superstars (including Simmons and No. 3 Embiid).

While his physical gifts feed a large part of his scores, he creates opportunities and performs moves with various skills.

The position is no longer Williamson's office as it was and still is for Towns (No. 2 in the NBA), Embiid (No. 3), Griffin (No. 5), Davis (No. 6) and Ayton. (No. 11). Unlike these big players, it is rare to see Williamson present traditional hooks, fallaways or elbow jumpers.

However, he had no difficulty in scoring back positions in the basket, having converted 13 attempts on 18. Williamson fetched buckets differently, often turning over his shoulder and separating himself by lifting / exploding. through and above his defender towards the basket.

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Post-force super-efficient and low-use

Williamson: 1.22 PPP, 2.3 possessions / per 40 minutes

Ayton: 1.05 PPP, 5.9 possessions / per 40 minutes

Griffin: 0.95 PPP, 10.3 possessions / by 40 minutes

Embiid: 0.95 PPP, 9.0 possessions / per 40 minutes

Cities: 0.92 PPP, 7.4 possessions / per 40 minutes

Simmons: 1.03 PPP, 4.2 possessions / every 40 minutes

Bennett: 0.89 PPP, 5.6 possessions / per 40 minutes

Davis: 0.85 PPP, 2.0 possessions / per 40 minutes

Wiggins: 14 possessions

Fultz: 11 possessions

Wall: 11 possessions

Most of his post-ups end with an end closer to the rim, instead of fainting or pulling straight.

Scouts will have to ask themselves if he will always create the same level of separation against the big NBA since he lacks positioning height at 6 "7." However, the strength behind the force and the lack of height is the same. Williamson's blast seems to help offset the thumb or two, and it seems highly unlikely that teams think too much about his unorthodox measures regarding his inner score potential.

Meanwhile, Williamson has 30 isolated possessions (1.20 PPP) and 16 pick-and-roll ball handling possessions (1.20 PPP).

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Top Bigs can not match his creativity (Isolation and handling of balls)

Williamson: 1.20 PPP, 46 properties combined

Fultz: 0.95 PPP, 222 possessions combined

Ayton: 0.941 (all ISO), 34 possessions

Davis: 0.90 (all ISO), 31 possessions

Simmons: 0.87 PPP, 105 possessions combined

Griffin: 0.85 PPP (all ISO), 54 possessions

Wiggins: 0.82 PPP, 161 properties combined

Wall: 0.72 PPP, 168 combined properties

Bennett: 20 possessions (8 out of 16 ISOs)

Cities: 6 possessions

Embiid: 2 possessions

Together, the isolation and handling of ball-throwing balls account for 15.2% of Williamson's offense. He was very effective in both situations, mainly thanks to a combination of fast crossovers and dribbles, but also his ability to launch and adjust his maneuvers with coordinated maneuvers to create better finishing angles near the rim. .

Williamson is not a traditional marker of isolation or pick-and-roll, but few big ones are. He proved to be a rare threat when he handled the ball behind the bow, even when the defense knows that it is almost certain that its goal is to go down and take the track.

The touch and reach of shots remain the most blatant interrogation points on Williamson's screening report. He always showed a limited shooting ability with 10 three points. Davis, Simmons, Griffin, Embiid and Towns have made 10 combined trios in their last university seasons.

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Flashing shooting potential

Fultz: 3.9 riders for 40 (40.2%)

Wiggins: 2.3 riders for 40 (34.2%)

Bennett: 2.0 riders for 40 (39.0%)

Wall: 1.8 riders for 40 (33.0 percent)

Ayton: 1.3 rider for 40 (37.5%)

Williamson: 0.96 riders for 40 (28.9%)

Davis: 0.68 rider for 40 (34.3%)

Simmons: 0.50 rider for 40 (31.1%)

Griffin: 0.47 jumper by 40 (50.0 percent)

Embiid: 0.42 jumpers per 40 (63.6 percent)

Cities: 0.39 riders out of 40 (28.6%)

By converting 28.9% of his jump shots and 67.5% of his free throws, Williamson is far from being a shooter and the eye test suggests that even those who were made to three could be bulky. Some of his absences were very short or nonexistent.

But compared to other players out of Ayton, Williamson is doing more jumps in college. And with the exception of Simmons, we've seen Towns, Embiid, Griffin and Davis at least add mid-range shooting to their repertoires as professionals.

Williamson also receives more than three times more match-up opportunities than Simmons, Griffin, Towns, Embiid, Ayton and Davis.

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Develop a one-time threat with room for improvement

Bennett: 1.30 PPP, 15.0% of the offense

Fultz: 1.01 PPP, 16.2% offense

Wiggins: 0.96 PPP, 23.7% of the crime

Wall: 0.96 PPP, 19.8% offense

Williamson: 0.81 PPP, 18.2% of the offense

All the others: Less than 6.0% of the offense

Although his PPP of 0.81 is considered average, he likes the perimeter because it gives him more space to use his speed and maneuverability to attack the rim with momentum. Williamson is 6 of 13 on the orders at the basket of the catch.

His jump shot was behind his inefficiency, as he missed 20 of his 26 attempts.

With bigger rim protectors patrolling NBA painting, Williamson thinks he'll continue to drift outside as a professional, even though he's not close to it. Be a reliable shooter. He will retain enough value around the bow thanks to his ability to overtake goals or beat the defenders of a dribble.

With a percentage of attendance greater than that of sophomore Griffin, who has become a smuggler over the NBA with an average of 4.4 assists for his career, Williamson has become a leader threatening game.

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Rare Playmaking Big Man

Fultz: 35.5% assistance

Wall: 34.8% of assistance

Simmons: 27.4% of assistance

Williamson: 17.5% assistance

Griffin: 16.3% assistance

Cities: 11.6% assistance

Embiid: 11.5% of assistance

Ayton: 10.2% of assistance

Wiggins: 9.2% of assistance

Bennett: 8.8% of assistance

Davis: 7.5% assistance

It's easy to imagine reflecting Griffin's success in the NBA as a smuggler. Williamson seems selfless and both capable and eager to show his ability to install by blowing and moving in motion.

In addition to scoring, his defense is another key selling point for the eventual lottery winner hoping to reach a two-way full franchise player.

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Defensive monster activity (steals more blocks by 40 minutes)

Davis: 7.5

Embiid: 6.0

Williamson: 5.5

Cities: 5.2

Simmons 3.2

Fultz: 3.1

Bennett: 2.8

Griffin: 2.7

Wall: 2.6

Wiggins: 2,6

Ayton: 2.6

While the flights and blockages do not always indicate more defense, it should be noted the defensive activity of Williamson.

Its 3.7% flying percentage is at the top of the pack, and although its 6.1% block percentage is not close to 13.7% Davis, 11.7% Embiid or 11.5% of Towns, Williamson still blocks 2.6 shots by 40 minutes, mostly with power.

He tends to play, and like most freshmen who carry a heavy score, his defense effort is not always 100%. But his defensive potential remains a serious advantage for his bullying around the basket and the speed of his foot that allows him to deviate against the wings and forward.

His defensive statistics are considered promising indicators.

Potential full package

Williamson supported the hype about his tools, his rebound and his speed, which alone were highly functional and effective. He ranks in the 89th percentile in transition, the 89th percentile on the offensive rebounds and the 87th percentile on the cuts.

He will immediately enter the league as one of his most destructive athletes, with physical abilities that will create a special advantage at both ends, no matter how refined or refined he is.

But it is the evolution of his skills that has led to elite figures, a global projection No. 1 and an even greater optimism about its potential star in the NBA.

Statistics provided by Synergy Sports, Basketball Reference