Zion Lateef Williamson is an American professional basketball player who has had a successful professional career and plays for New Orleans Pelicans of National Basketball Association (NBA). He was born on July 6, 2000 (19 years), in Salisbury, North Carolina, US. His father is Lateef Williamson and his mother is Sharonda Sampson. They both got divorced when Williamson was five and his mother then remarried Lee Anderson. All three of Williamson’s parents had a sports background and he has expressed that his stepfather had a strong impact on his career. He has said that his stepfather, also a basketball player, was the one who taught him the game and guided him.
Williamson was determined to become a basketball player at a very young age and started training properly when he was 9. He was coached by his mother and stepfather and participated in youth leagues where he played against players who were four years elder to him.
Zion Williamson Body Measurements
Regarding his full body measurements, Williamson is 6ft 8in tall and weighs around 129kgs. His chest size is 44 inches, waist is 32 inches, and hips are 37 inches. His biceps are 16.5 inches whereas he has black eyes and black hair.
Zion Williamson Career Details
He is known for his leaping ability, stamina, and speed despite being one of the heaviest players playing in the NBA. Kevin Durant, a known NBA player, called Williamson a ‘once-in-a-generation type athlete’. He plays the power forward position but also does the small-ball center. He has been compared to former NBA stars like Charles Barkley, Larry Johnson, LeBron James, and Anthony Mason. He is left-handed but almost ambidextrous which gives him an additional advantage.
Williamson attended a small private school in South Carolina where he played for the Griffins. He averaged 24.4 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 3.3 steals and 3.0 blocks as a freshman. He led the Griffins in the SCISA Region I-2A title as well. Similarly, as a senior, he averaged 36.4 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game.
In his high school career, Williamson held an average of 36.4 points and 11.4 rebounds. He was a five star player during his high school and in his college, he committed to play for Duke University. Based on his remarkable college basketball career, he was considered one of the strongest prospects for the 2019 NBA Draft. After his regular season completed in the college, he was awarded the Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). He was also named the ACC Athlete of the Year and Sporting News also named Williamson the Player of the Year.
Williamson was picked by the New Orleans Pelicans in the 2019 NBA draft on June 20, 2019. He officially signed with the Pelicans on July 1, 2019. He got an injury on his knee during the preseason of his rookie campaign on October 13, 2019. So, he made his professional debut after three months on January 22, 2020, where he played for 18 minutes and finished with 22 points.
He became the first teenager in the history of the NBA to score 20+ points in 10 consecutive games. Williamson scored his career-high on March 1, when he scored 35 points with 7 rebounds while playing against Angeles Lakers.
Williamson became rally famous for his slam dunks and was even considered one of the best high-school dunker in history. He can defend multiple positions and his aggressive play makes him a reliable shot-blocker.
Zion Williamson Net Worth, Car And House
Zion Williamson has an estimated net worth of $8 million as of 2019. He drives Jaguar f-type and lives in a beautiful house in Florence, United States. He endorses various brands like Gatorade, Jordan, and others which significantly add on to his net worth.
Is Zion Williamson Dating Girlfriend?
It is rumored that Williamson is dating his high school girlfriend Tiana White. None of them have confirmed this relationship yet.
Zion Williamson Philanthropic work
Williamson is appreciated for his mature behavior despite being just 19 years old. Recently, as the NBA suspended all its games due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he announced that he would pay the salary of all the Smoothie King Center workers for the next 30 days. He also collaborated with Barack Obama in the past and supported to send kits containing school supplies and food for under-resourced Chicago Public Schools.