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    With football season over for LSU and the Saints, last night was the perfect night for Zion Williamson to make his NBA debut and he did not disappoint, scoring 22 points (4-4 @3pt.) and grabbing 7 rebounds in 18 minutes of play before a sold-out crowd. I rarely watch NBA regular season games, but this was must-see TV down here. Williamson's freakish athleticism is taken for granted but what surprised me and the TV talking heads was his skill level. In his post-game press conference he said that during most of his rehab, when he wasn't allowed to run or jump, all he could do is work on his shot and it showed last night, but he proved to be a deadly passer too, a la Lebron James. If he can stay healthy, his future looks promising to say the least. Will he be the greatest Duke Blue Devil ever to play in the NBA?

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    The big question is whether his knees will hold up, given his size and injury history. He's the heaviest player in the league under 7 feet, and playing 82 games a year isn't kind to the knees. He could become one of the greatest forwards ever, up in the realm of Lebron, Barkley, and Malone, or he could end up fizzling out of the league with injuries like Greg Oden. We'll just have to wait and see.
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    Barkley lost a lot of weight after going pro. Zion probably should drop some poundage as well. Lots of stress on every joint (and shoes, too).
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    It's not only his size but style of play which may potentially limit him from an injury standpoint. Even moreso than Barkley, he plays the game ferociously.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzcyclist View Post
    Will he be the greatest Duke Blue Devil ever to play in the NBA?
    May be, but will have to go some to surpass Grant Hill
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