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January 9, 2019, 12:59 am

Vince Carter on Zion: 'He'll be ready' for the NBA

Vince Carter says he can associate to Duke phenom Zion Williamson and believes the freshman has a bright future in the NBA.

Vince Carter on Zion: 'He'll be ready' for the NBA
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Atlanta Hawks seasoned Vince Carter knows what it's like to be characterized by a highlight reel and says he can associate to Duke freshman Zion Williamson.

Once nicknamed "Vinsanity," the 41-year-old Carter asterisked at North Carolina in the mid-1990s and is a former NBA slam dunk prizewinning. Picked 5th general in the 1998 bill of exchange aft his junior season, Carter said he had to turn out he was more than just a talented jock upon entrance the NBA and deliberations Williamson will win in doing so, as well.

"He'll be at the ready [for the NBA]," Carter, the 2000 NBA slam dunk competition prizewinning and eight-time All-Star, told ESPN. "One situation I erudite when I got in this conference is that yes, I'm athletic, but there's gonna be a lot of guys up here that are athletic. What else do you convey to the table? I deliberation he's active done that phase, kind of what I went done. Everybody looks at 'he can dunk, he can dunk,' but now when you have guys that are ace athletic, then they're active to beginning saying, 'What else can he do?'"

Williamson, who has created this season's most amazing highlight reel, has been the face of body basketball since his reaching and is a rival for this year's Wooden Award.

He is reasoned a skilled and multidimensional prospect who can guard multiple positions, and Carter believes Williamson possesses the tools to handle the next level.

"He's ace, ace athletic," said Carter, who ranks seventh in the NBA all-time in made 3-pointers. "He has an NBA body alat the ready. I deliberation, more than anysituation, 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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    Williamson entered Tuesday's night's win at Wake Forest averaging 20.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 2.1 steals this season for the top-ranked Blue Devils.

    He is projected to be the No. 1 general pick in ESPN's mock bill of exchange, a prediction Carter agrees with.

    "He has the potential to be, obviously, the No. 1 pick whenever he decides to come out," Carter said. "I deliberation that's understood."

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