NFL quarterbacks are used to someone of New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson’s stature gunning for their heads. On the basketball court, the first overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft is more of an anomaly.
In addition to being one the burliest players, Williamson is the most athletic.
What Is Zion Williamson’s Weight?
Zion’s officially listed at 6-foot-6 and 284 pounds. That makes him the third heaviest player in the league behind 7-foot-5, 311-pound Tacko Fall of the Boston Celtics and 7-foot-4, 290-pound Boban Marjanovic of the Dallas Mavericks. The only people in the league heavier than Zion have at least 10 inches on him! (Those guys are great. There’s no bigger fan of Boban’s performance in John Wick 3 than this guy, and Fall is a Celtics legend.)
The Ringer’s Bill Simmons disputes the rookie’s program weight. On the Bill Simmons Podcast in February 2020, he claimed a reliable source informed him Zion’s playing weight was over 300 pounds.
The weight issue is a double-edged sword. On one end, it’s a huge part of his game. He can move essentially anyone and bully them on his way to the hoop. On the other, it affects his stamina and makes him more prone to injuries. He missed the final six regular-season games in his one year at Duke due to a knee sprain and tore his meniscus in the 2019-20 NBA preseason. The latter caused a 44-game absence.
Zion shot out of a cannon in his NBA debut. He scored 22 points in 18 minutes against the San Antonio Spurs, including 17 straight in a three-minute span in the fourth quarter. In the 19 games he saw action before COVID-19 halted play, he averaged 23.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists. He turned grown men into children and took ownership of the offensive glass.
He put up all those numbers after nursing a knee injury that inhibited his conditioning for three months and still dominated. How scary will a dude who resembles Charles Barkley with the athleticism of LeBron James be with a healthy offseason under his belt?
We may get a glimpse in Orlando. The superstar received special permission from the NBA to continue treatment at the New Orleans team facility in addition to working out with his stepfather every day of the coronavirus hiatus. The Pels posted a picture of a slimmed-down Zion on social media in early July.
Teammate J.J. Redick reacted to the photo on his podcast:
“Zion definitely looks great. The picture that was put up [on July 2], the mask was like an added effect. The side angle of him turning, it was like half Thanos, half Bane. He legit looked like a superhero. I?m excited to see what he does. Apparently, for the last several weeks, he has been training really hard so I?m excited to see him in this environment.”
Williamson left the NBA bubble to attend to a family matter on July 16. He missed the Pelicans’ three scrimmages against the Brooklyn Nets, Denver Nuggets, and the Giannis Antetokounmpo-led Milwaukee Bucks. He reentered the bubble on July 24 and quarantined for four days before rejoining the team. His status for July 30’s opener against the Utah Jazz was initially uncertain.
The Pelicans are vying to steal the eighth playoff spot from point guard Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies. James, Anthony Davis, and the Los Angeles Lakers hold the top spot in the West with the Los Angeles Clippers 5.5 games behind.
The high school dunking phenom turned national sensation will finish his rookie season in the best shape we’ve seen him at the professional level.