Atlanta Hawks' veteran Vince Carter is very much aware of what it is to be defined by a highlight reel. Hence, he claims can relate to Duke freshman Zion Williamson. The 41-year-old Carter starred at North Carolina in the mid-1990s. He is a former NBA slam dunk champion. He feels that he had to strive hard to prove that he was more than a gifted athlete when he entered the NBA championship, and has his money that Williamson will also succeed in doing so.
Carter told, "He'll be ready [for the NBA]. One thing I learned when I got in this league is that yes, I'm athletic, but there's gonna be a lot of guys up here that are athletic. What else do you bring to the table? I think he's going through that phase, kind of what I went through. Everybody looks at 'he can dunk, he can dunk,' but now when you have guys that are super athletic, then they're going to start saying, 'What else can he do?'"
Williamson is considered as a skilled and multidimensional prospect who can guard multiple positions. In this regard, Carter believes Williamson possesses the tools to handle the next level.
Carter added, "He's super, super athletic. He has an NBA body already. I think, more than anything, with all his ability, I just say take his time, develop his game, because when you get here, it's a different beast as far as expectations. A lot of guys try to get here and just develop while they get here."
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Aditya Sahay, a former cricket reporter/writer and statistician, has shifted gears to other sports (primarily badminton, tennis, kabaddi, hockey, golf etc). While cricket remains his first love, he enjoys covering and writing on kabaddi, hockey and tennis. He dons Germanys jersey during FIFA and believes Dhoni Dhoni hai, isko (aur) mauka mila toh bahut aage jayega