It is an enormous matchup for each the Brooklyn Nets and New Orleans Pelicans, and for followers of the NBA, it incorporates a matchup between two of probably the most thrilling gamers within the sport. They might not typically discover themselves going one-on-one, however Kevin Durant and Zion Williamson are two of the must-watch gamers on this league.
To have them featured within the season opener is a deal with.
Talking of one-on-one, Durant just lately expressed some extraordinarily constructive ideas about Williamson – 2019’s No. 1 total decide — as he was previewing the sport with the media. In actual fact, Durant known as the younger huge man “considered one of one” by way of his place amongst “shorter” bigs who nonetheless discovered a technique to dominate the NBA sport.
“You have seen guys at that measurement, 6-7, that may stand up and down the ground and transfer, however not at that degree, although,” Durant informed the media on Monday, per ESPN. “You have seen guys like Jason Maxiell, I am not saying they soar as excessive as Zion, however they have been undersized guys that performed greater. And Zion’s a kind of guys. Rodney Rogers — I am lacking so many guys that have been that tall at 6-6, Charles Barkley bruiser-type guys however performed greater. However Zion’s athleticism trumps all of theirs by far. And if you add that to the combo, it makes him a considered one of one.”
Williamson is formally listed at 6-foot-6, 284 kilos in keeping with the Pelicans’ web site. He is on the shorter finish of NBA forwards in comparison with, to illustrate, Giannis Antetokounmpo at 6-foot-11, 242-pounds, however Williamson has the entire MVP potential because the “greek freak” if he can keep wholesome this season.
Durant was requested about his emotions on Williamson being again on the courtroom after over a yr away on account of harm.
“Pleasure. Athleticism,” Durant stated. “Any person that may put up factors fairly quick. It is a matchup downside for lots of people, so we received our work minimize out [with] him, and then you definitely received two different scorers behind him [in Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum] that may rating from all ranges. So we received our work minimize out for us, however it’ll be thrilling instances when guys get wholesome, particularly the marquee guys on this league.”
Williamson averaged 27 factors, 7.2 rebounds, and three.7 assists in 61 video games performed in 2020-21.