BIGPLAY Scouting Report: Zion Williamson

In-depth scouting report from the number one pick in this upcoming draft.

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Zion Williamson, Forward, Duke


  • Freakishly Athletic
  • Great Frame: 6’7″ 285lbs
  • Solid Wingspan at 6’11”
  • Aggressive in all aspects of his game
  • Goes to the hoop with score first mentality
  • Good open court passer
  • Rebounds better over taller defenders
  • Tremendous ability to finish through contact
  • Also does a great job finishing over and above defenders
  • Great ball-handling for his size
  • Shifty with and without the ball
  • Great hands, finishes alley-oops better than professionals
  • Great Motor, jumps on loose balls
  • Unstoppable on the fastbreak
  • Natural Scorer
  • Great team defender, makes entire defense better when he’s on the floor
  • Great anticipation for steals and blocks
  • Plays like a safety in football on defense
  • Ability to improve
  • His shot was well improved in one year of college
  • Good shooting base and okay release
  • Great ability to draw fouls
  • Played his best in big games
  • Endless potential


  • Lacks a lot mechanically with his shot
  • No arc, very flat shot
  • Can be trigger happy from beyond the arc
  • Injury concerns
  • Will need to lose some weight
  • Too explosive (Injury Concern, AKA Derrick Rose)
  • Never ran too many offensive sets at Duke
  • Relies on Athleticism to bail him out

Prospect Breakdown (1-10)

  • Athleticism: 10
  • Size: 8
  • Defense: 10
  • Strength: 9
  • Quickness: 10
  • Jump shot: 6
  • Rebounding: 9
  • Potential: 10
  • Post Skills: 8
  • Intangibles: 9
  • NBA Ready: 8

Overall Grade: 97% A

The Verdict:

Zion Williamson is almost the perfect prospect. He has all the tools to be a superstar at the next level. He is my highest rated prospect, and the only thing weighing him down is his weight (pun intended). His jump shot should only improve with NBA coaching. As long as he can stay on the court, he will give whatever team that drafts him a shot at the playoffs.

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