#1 Power Forward

Zion Williamson

Height / Weight
6' 6" / 284 lbs
Born
Jul 6, 2000 (22)
College
Duke
NBA Draft
1st Round, 1st Overall, 2019
Nationality
American
SEASON STATS
2022-2023
PTS
26.0
+26.0
Rebounds
7.0
+7.0
Assists
4.6
+4.6
PER
30.75
+30.75
PLAYER INFO
Full Name: Zion Williamson
Nickname: Zanos
Place of Birth: Salisbury, North Carolina
Education: Duke
Parents: Lateef Williamson and Sharonda Sampson

Zion Williamson Biography Details, Age, Net Worth, and Basketball Career

Zion Williamson has generated more excitement than many players do in their careers, despite his relatively short career. At Spartanburg Day School and Duke University, the uber-athletic forward drew national attention for his powerful dunks and extreme quickness. It was no surprise when the New Orleans Pelicans drafted him with the first overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft.

While a summer league injury delayed his NBA regular-season debut, once on the court he continued to dazzle fans for the 19 games played prior to the suspension due to coronavirus.

Zion Williamson Basketball Career

High School Career (Spartanburg Day School)

Williamson attended Spartanburg Day School in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He began to dunk in the summer before his freshman year. He averaged over 20 points per game in every season of his high school career. Performances during his junior year landed him in the national spotlight, with 42 points in his season debut, 50 points including 10 dunks in the Tournament of Champions, and 53 points, a tournament record, during the Chick-fil-A Classic.

Williamson missed much of his senior season due to minor injuries but was rated a five-star recruit by all major networks and ESPN ranked him as the No. 2 prospect in the country.

College Career (Duke Blue Devils)

Williamson played only one season of college basketball with the Duke Blue Devils under Mike Krzyzewski. With RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish, the Blue Devils had one of the most talented recruiting classes in NBA history. In his first game, he broke Duke’s record for scoring by a freshman on his debut, with 28 points. He had many more high-scoring games, including scoring 25 points in 22 minutes against Clemson and a 35-point, 10-rebound game against Syracuse which set a new record for points in a game by a Duke freshman.

Zion infamously sprained his knee when his foot ripped through his Nike shoe. He missed the rest of the team’s regular-season games but returned to help Duke capture the ACC Tournament championship. The tournament run included 31 points against rival North-Carolina in a one-point semifinal victory. Williamson was named the ACC Tournament MVP.

The team lost in the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament to the Michigan State Spartans.

He declared for the 2019 NBA Draft following his lone season at Duke.

NBA Career

As expected, Williamson went with the first overall pick to the New Orleans Pelicans. He drew crowds of thousands of fans for his summer league debut. However, during the NBA Summer League, he suffered a meniscus tear, and he was unable to play until January 22, 2020.

In his regular-season debut, Williamson scored 22 points, including 17 consecutive points as he tried to spark a comeback against the San Antonio Spurs. He played with a minutes restriction in most games as he completed his injury recovery, but was still able to log 35 points against the Los Angeles Lakers. Williamson and the Pelicans were playing some of the best basketball they had all year when the season was shut down due to coronavirus.

Zion Williamson Net Worth, Salary, Endorsements & Career Earnings

Williamson is on a four-year, $45 million rookie-scale contract. Shortly after the draft, he also signed a five-year, $75 million shoe deal with Jordan Brand. His is the second-richest shoe deal ever signed by a rookie, behind LeBron James’ 2003 deal.

Zion Williamson signed a four-year, $45 million deal with the New Orleans Pelicans in 2019.

Zion Williamson Personal Life

Williamson’s parents, Sharonda and Lateef, divorced when he was 5. His stepfather, Lee Anderson, played college basketball at Clemson, while his mother Sharonda coached him at the youth and middle school levels.

Starting at age nine, Williamson would wake up at five in the morning to begin training. 

Zion Williamson Quotes

  • “What's wrong with always just trying to make the most of a situation and have fun? You know, you only live life once.”
  • “I have a goal at my house. With a goal, there's a way.”
  • “I'm staying ready to play for my teammates."

Zion Williamson Fun Facts

  • Before committing to Duke, it was widely believed that Clemson had successfully recruited Williamson. Stepfather Lee Anderson said Clemson “lost a mile and a half lead” in recruiting
  • In addition to basketball offers, Williamson also received a football scholarship offer to LSU
  • Despite usually playing as a power forward, Williamson worked with stepfather Lee Anderson to improve his point guard skills
  • Williamson is left-handed but is virtually ambidextrous, capable of dribbling and scoring effectively with both hands
  • At his summer league debut, fans arrived 8 hours early to get seats to watch Williamson play
Career stats
2022-2023
NO
2021-2022
NO
2020-2021
NO
2019-2020
NO
Season Team G MIN FG% 3P% FT% REB AST BLK STL PTS
2022-2023
29 33.0 60.8 36.8 71.4 7.0 4.6 0.6 1.1 26.0
2021-2022
0 N/A 0.0 0.0 0.0 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2020-2021
61 33.2 61.1 29.4 69.8 7.2 3.7 0.6 0.9 27.0
2019-2020
24 27.8 58.3 42.9 64.0 6.2 2.1 0.4 0.7 22.5
Recent Games
Mon 1/2
Sat 12/31
Fri 12/30
Wed 12/28
Mon 12/19
Sat 12/17
Thu 12/15
Tue 12/13
Sun 12/11
Fri 12/9
Date Opp RESULT MIN PTS OR DR REB AST STL BLK TO
Mon 1/2
L 111-120
28 26 0 6 6 7 0 0 5
Sat 12/31
L 101-116
28 20 3 6 9 1 0 0 9
Fri 12/30
W 116-127
30 36 2 3 5 2 0 0 3
Wed 12/28
W 118-119
33 43 0 3 3 5 1 1 4
Mon 12/19
L 128-119
40 18 3 4 7 7 3 0 5
Sat 12/17
L 114-118
39 30 0 3 3 9 0 1 6
Thu 12/15
L 129-132
41 31 5 3 8 8 0 2 3
Tue 12/13
L 100-121
25 26 3 6 9 5 2 0 4
Sun 12/11
W 124-129
42 35 1 7 8 3 1 0 5
Fri 12/9
W 117-128
36 35 1 6 7 4 1 0 2