Zion Williamson played in one summer league game and were crushed to see him make his exit after just nine minutes with a bone bruise, which will keep the No. 1 overall pick out for the rest of the summer season.
Despite that short time on the floor, it was more than enough for ESPN’s Seth Greenberg to send out a warning that he needs to do some serious work in the gym.
Zion stands 6-foot-7, weighs a listed 285 pounds and boasts a vertical of 40 inches, but some experts have true concerns about his body. Boban Marjanovic, who stands at 7-foot-3, is the only other player in the league who weighs more than Zion.
On Thursday’s episode of Get Up — Seth Greenberg said he thought Williamson “couldn’t move” in his NBA debut, and said the 19-year-old is “significantly overweight.”
“My concern isn’t about his game, my concern is about his body. I mean, you can’t improve unless you’re in shape, and he is not in shape.
… Whatever his weight is, it’s significantly overweight.”
He then somewhat reversed course and stated Zion’s weight isn’t an issue, he just needs to get in shape.
“Watching him in the Summer League, he played nine minutes. Look, he ripped the ball out of Kevin Knox’s hand and dunked the ball, that’s great.
He couldn’t move. He couldn’t move. And in the end, if he’s going to have a long career – and you made a great point earlier. When [Charles] Barkley was at his very best, he got in world-class shape. And it’s nothing to do with his weight, to me, it has to do with his conditioning. And right now, he’s in condition to get hurt, not to be a great player.”