The Heat unexpectedly reached the finals this year, which also made Shinco All-Star Adebayor famous, and he has even become a role model for some NBA players. NOLA reporter Christian Clark wrote an article that Adebayor can become the future development goal of Zion Williamson, the top pick in 2019.
热火今年出人意料地闯入了决赛，这也使新科全明星阿德巴约出名，他甚至已经成为某些NBA球员的榜样。 NOLA记者克里斯蒂安·克拉克（Christian Clark）发表文章说，阿德巴约可以成为2019年首选的锡安·威廉姆森（Zion Williamson）的未来发展目标。
2.06 meters tall Adebayor has proved himself to be the last line of defense as solid as a rock. In the playoffs, he became the Heat's forward center, but in the regular season, he played the fourth position most of the time.
The Heat can reach the finals this season, and Adebayor's comprehensiveness on both ends of the offense and defense is worth mentioning. When he needs it most, Adeba’s date “lifts up” to a position to top five, and this also gives the Pelicans how to effectively use the team’s athletic and talented big men in the future, providing A reference.
As a rookie, Zion is almost fixed at the fourth position. According to statistics from BR, he spends 92% of the time in the fourth position this season, and only 8% of the time in the fifth position. After his technique is further improved, the lineup with him as the fifth position will be the killer of the Pelicans at a critical moment.
On the offensive end, Zion is ready to play the fifth position. In the first season of his career, the 20-year-old proved that he is one of the most difficult players to defend in the low post. This season, Zion averaged 16.8 points in the paint, ranking second in the league, second only to MVP Antetokounmpo. He has speed, power and ability to finish the basket, which allows him to shoot 62.1% within 5 feet of the basket.
This season Zion averaged 22.5 points and 58.3% shooting. This is a very efficient scoring performance, especially considering that he spends most of his time with a traditional, outside shooting like Favors without threat. Of the center forward. If Zion is pushed to the fifth position and equipped with 4 players who can shoot and attack the rim with the ball beside him, the Pelicans will quickly become an energetic offensive team.
Last season, the former Pelicans coach Gentry, who has now dismissed get out of class, once emphasized that passing is one of Zion’s skills that are easily overlooked. Although he averaged only 2.1 assists per game, his passing vision, accuracy and willingness to share the ball are obvious. When the opponent wants to double-team him in the low post, he will make the opponent pay the price by looking for teammates who cut open, or who are emptied on the outside.
Occasionally, Zion can also show the ability to play for teammates in transitions. He can push the ball with the ball after catching the rebound and deliver assists on the go. Zion's skills are so outstanding that he, who is 1.98 meters tall and weighs 128 kilograms, will send accurate back passes to his teammates.
And Adebayor is one of the best passing bigs in the NBA. In the regular season, he averaged 5.1 assists per game, ranking second among the Heat. The ability to make wedding dresses for teammates is a point that Adebayor and Zion are very similar. The biggest difference between the two is on the defensive end.
In the regular season this season, Adebayor averaged 1.1 steals and 1.3 blocks per game, making him one of the league's most influential defensive players. He is so fast that he can even play against defenders and forwards.
But now, Zion can't do these two points. When he was forced to a high post on the defensive end, either he was easily broken by his opponent or he was compensated for a foul. He played 24 games this season and only sent a total of 9 blocks. He did not have the style of "making a mistake machine" at Duke University.
Want to become a more skilled player means that Zion must have a better physical condition. It is obvious that he is heavier at the Pelicans than at Duke. After missing three months at the beginning of the season due to a knee injury, he still seems unable to regain his original shape.
At the season summary meeting, Zion once said that his goal for this offseason is to "make my body what it should be."
As a rookie, Zion has an eye-catching performance, but he still has a lot of room for improvement. He is not close to fully tapping his potential, and this will determine whether the Pelicans can use him to the maximum.
A technically complete Zion as a center will bring devastating power.