Scottie Pippen: Duke's Zion Williamson Should Sit Out Rest Of Season


Duke‘s freshman sensation Zion Williamson entered the school basketball season because the projected #1 general decide within the NBA Draft and he has accomplished nothing to harm his inventory by the staff’s first 16 video games. 

Williamson is averaging 21.2 factors and 9.four rebounds a recreation for the #1 ranked Blue Devils (14-2), which incorporates a career-best 35 factors and 10 rebounds of their most latest recreation – an extra time loss to Syracuse. 

Having confirmed he’s worthy of the highest choice, NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen thinks it is time for the 18-year outdated phenom to “shut it down.”

“I believe he is accomplished sufficient for school basketball, that it is extra about him personally now,” Pippen stated Tuesday during a segment on ESPN’s “The Jump (H/T USA Today). “I believe for him as a younger participant (pauses), I might shut it down. I might cease taking part in, as a result of I really feel that he may danger a significant damage that would actually damage his profession.”

While many NBA mock drafts have Williamson being chosen first general, no matter what staff lands the coveted decide, Tracy McGrady thinks that Zion’s teammate, RJ Barrett, would possibly truly be the higher prospect.

Still, T-Mac agrees with Pippen’s remarks about shutting it down this season, reasonably than risking damage.