Atlanta Hawks veteran Vince Carter is aware of what it is like to be outlined by a spotlight reel and says he can relate to Duke freshman Zion Williamson.
As soon as nicknamed “Vinsanity,” the 41-year-old Carter starred at North Carolina in the mid-1990s and is a former NBA slam dunk champion. Picked fifth general in the 1998 draft, Carter mentioned he had to show he was greater than only a gifted athlete upon getting into the NBA and thinks Williamson will achieve doing so, as properly.
The younger Blue Devils head to Wake Forest (7 p.m. ET, ESPN) for his or her first away sport of the season. Can they defend on an opponent’s house courtroom?
There is no denying RJ Barrett’s pure expertise, however we can also have to give partial credit score to Vince Carter’s between-the-legs 2000 dunk for the Canadian prodigy.
“He’ll be prepared [for the NBA],” Carter, the 2000 NBA slam dunk contest champion and eight-time All-Star, informed ESPN. “One factor I discovered after I received on this league is that sure, I am athletic however there’s gonna be quite a bit of guys up right here which can be athletic. What else do you deliver to the desk? I believe he is going by way of that part, form of what I went by way of. Everyone seems to be at ‘he can dunk, he can dunk,’ however now when you will have guys which can be tremendous athletic, then they are going to begin saying, ‘What else can he do?'”
Williamson, who has created this season’s most spectacular spotlight reel, has been the face of faculty basketball since his arrival and is a contender for this 12 months’s Picket Award.
He’s thought of a talented and multidimensional prospect who can guard a number of positions, and Carter believes Williamson possesses the instruments to deal with the subsequent stage.
“He is tremendous, tremendous athletic,” mentioned Carter, who ranks seventh in the NBA all-time in made Three-pointers. “He has an NBA physique already. I believe, greater than something, with all his capability, I simply say take his time, develop his sport, as a result of if you get right here, it is a totally different beast so far as expectations. Loads of guys strive to get right here and simply develop whereas they get right here.”
Williamson enters Tuesday’s sport at Wake Forest averaging 20.2 factors, 9.5 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and a pair of.1 steals this 12 months for the top-ranked Blue Devils.
He’s projected to be the No. 1 general decide in ESPN’s mock draft, a prediction Carter agrees with.
“He has the potential to be, clearly, the No. 1 decide each time he decides to come out,” Carter mentioned. “I believe that is understood.”