JJ Redick named the most impressive thing about Zion Williamson’s game

Cody Taylor
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New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson may have only played 24 games as a rookie but the former No. 1 overall pick certainly proved to be one of the most exciting players in the league.

From his first official NBA game, in which he erupted for 17 straight points on Jan. 22, to his last game of the season in the bubble, Williamson left his mark nearly every time he stepped onto the court with his athleticism, size and strength.

Fans marveled at what Williamson accomplished on the court in such a limited sample size and his teammates were no different. On Friday, JJ Redick discussed with reporters on a Zoom call what impressed him the most about Williamson.

Zion has an amazing ability to get his own rebound, I think that was probably the most impressive thing. His second jump is quicker than everyone else’s and, at 15 or 17 feet when he catches the ball, his ability to get in one movement in that area to the rim with as much speed and force as anyone I’ve ever seen. I think those are the two most impressive things with him.

Williamson averaged 22.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists last season and emerged as an elite offensive rebounder. He hauled in 2.7 offensive rebounds per game (64 total), which ranked 22nd among all players in the NBA. Had he been healthy, Williamson likely would have finished among the leaders.

His combination of strength and athleticism allowed him to create several second-chance opportunities for his team on the offensive glass. The most impressive aspect was his ability to chase his own misses, grab them and then put them back up.

Looking ahead to this season, the Pelicans acquired Steven Adams over the offseason, who is among the best rebounders in the league. His arrival has many Pelicans fans excited as the organization has perhaps two of the best offensive rebounders on the roster in Williamson and Adams.

Williamson’s success in his second season with the Pelicans will be dependent on his health and availability but if he can stay on the court this season, the possibilities of what he can accomplish may be endless.

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