Last season the hype around Zion Williamson was everywhere. He was getting non-basketball fans excited. Even when he made his debut coming off an injury he electrified the court making 4 three-pointers, despite being a scorer inside the paint. He received praise for every little thing that he did. However, by the time the NBA bubble rolled out, he looked out of shape and sluggish. Now despite being better than he was last season, he is falling under the radar. Zion Williamson went from overrated to underrated in one year.
Last season Zion averaged 22.5 points per game, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists. He did this all while shooting a 58 percent field goal percentage. However, now he is averaging 23.8 PPG, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists. Not only that, he is now shooting 60 percent from the field, while taking more shots. His free throw shooting also vastly improved from 64 to 70 percent.
As the season continues, Williamson is only getting better. In his last five games, he averaged over 5 assists per game, as well as a shooting 68 percent from the field.
He is not just the dominant scorer and paint presence we saw in his rookie season. Zion is learning to play effective defense. He is learning how to pass and give his teammates open looks. Zion’s playstyle is evolving.
Many people doubted Zion in his rookie year. Especially since the poor start that, the Pelicans had to this season. However, despite struggling early on Zion has been playing excellent basketball, but is not being noticed for it. Zion was overhyped coming into his rookie year, and now because he isn’t dropping 30 PPG, and isn’t on a playoff team many people don’t think that he’s that good. But, he is that good. Zion Williamson went from severely overrated, to underrated in one year.