Zion Williamson says he is comfortable taking threes if left open
Zion Williamson splashed a triple during Friday’s preseason win over the Utah Jazz, and it may become a somewhat common occurrence from here.
The New Orleans Pelicans star connected on his first three of the preseason in the first quarter on a straight shot from the top of the arc.
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After the game, Williamson said he would be comfortable taking that shot if defenses continued to give it to him.
“I mean, I was open so I shot it,” said the No. 1 overall pick,” per Amie Just of the New Orleans Advocate. “I think people kind of exaggerate the whole ‘can’t shoot’ thing. I’m very capable of shooting it, so if they want to leave me open, I’m gonna shoot it every time.”
With his power, touch, and athleticism, the 19-year-old is already an efficiency monster in the restricted area, so adding the threat of a three-point shot will create a major problem for NBA defenses. Williamson did shoot a fairly solid 33.8 percent from three in his one season at Duke, and he has already raved about NBA spacing and how it will open up new dimensions of his game.