Stan Van Gundy calls Zion Williamson a ‘unique’ player

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Stan Van Gundy had nothing but good words to say about the superstar of the New Orleans Pelicans Zion Williamson.

Van Gundy, who became the new head coach of the Pelicans, called Willliamson a ‘unique’ player.

“He’s unique. That combination of size, quickness and explosive power, it really hasn’t come along. People were trying to make the comparison to LeBron or to Charles Barkley, and that’s probably as close as you’ll get.

But he’s unique. He’s not really those guys. LeBron’s always been a primary ball-handler, point guard, point forward, whatever you want to call him. Barkley was maybe a closer analogy to Zion.

What everybody notices is the big body and the great leaping ability, but he’s also got an incredible first step offensively and plays the game very unselfishly. He makes quick decisions, the ball leaves his hand quickly, so other guys can enjoy playing with him. He’s not a ball-stopper,” Van Gundy told Sean Highkin of Bleacher Report.

Williamson averaged 22.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 24 games for the Pelicans last season.