Next up on their list would have been Zion Williamson, the hyperathletic power forward who is well known for jaw dropping highlights and stuffed box scores. But unfortunately the All-Star is more recently known for injuries and a chunky build that is even giving the Round Mound of Rebound Charles Barkley reason to pause.
And this recent Yahoo Sports profile let’s us know the rarity of Williamson’s physical stature in pro basketball:
In the NBA’s database of official heights and weights over the past 25 years, only four other players have been listed shorter than 6-foot-10 and heavier than 280 pounds: Glen Davis, Robert Traylor, Jahidi White and Oliver Miller. The 6-foot-6 Williamson is shorter than all of them by three inches. He is also lightyears more athletic and explosive, which opens the floor to debate about whether his usage may actually put him at greater injury risk than those four players who battled against their weight during NBA careers cut short.
The Warriors have their own young big guy out, with James Wiseman inching closer to return. The sophomore has been cleared to return to practice and I can’t wait to see how he fits with this well oiled machine the Warriors are developing into.
As far as this game goes, the Warriors are welcoming in a New Orleans Pelicans team that is 1-8 in the standings and desperate for any semblance of momentum. They’ve dealt with injuries to Williamson and key wing Brandon Ingram, but according to former teammate Lonzo Ball they have an issue with sharing the basketball as well.
"They don't really wanna pass the ball. Brandon Ingram's trying to get to the mid-range & Nickeil [Alexander-Walker] wants to get to the layup."— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) November 3, 2021
Lonzo Ball gives the Bulls the scouting report on his former Pelicans teammates
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Maybe they’ll learn a thing or two from the pass happy Dubs...in a loss!