Zion Williamson: Shot Form Assessment


NBA defenses will not be worried about Zion as a spacer when off-ball, and likely will encourage him to shoot when on-ball. The poor alignment of his base contributes to his tendency to miss left. The typically acute elbow angle equates to a flatter arc, which will lead to worse results from the longer NBA arc. It also leads to a lower release point, which makes his shot more contestable by the longer and quicker defenders in the NBA. The flatter arc, lower release point and poor base to generate power for his release lead to erratic distance control. The combination of several mechanical issues makes it unlikely his jump shot will ever be a weapon despite his strong natural touch around the rim and excellent hand-eye coordination.