Zion Williamson is everything we imagined him to be, and he is only just getting started.
Imagine stuffing Shaquille O'Neal inside of Michael Jordan, and you have Zion — a 6-foot-6, 285-pound freak who can bounce around, over or through anyone in the NBA at age 19.
想象一下，将沙奎尔·奥尼尔和迈克尔·乔丹融为一体，这就有了锡安 — 一个六尺六寸（1米98），285磅（129公斤）的野兽，他能以19岁的年纪在任何NBA球员身旁起跳，并飞越过他们。
The New Orleans Pelicans are only nine games into this experiment, and they are quickly learning that Zion can practically punish the rim whenever and however he wants.
He is an old-school post player in a new-school body, too quick for bigs and too strong for everyone else. And he isn't 100 percent yet.
With the governor on so soon after returning from knee surgery, Zion's averages extrapolated over 36 minutes are 28 points (on 58/40/63 shooting splits), 10.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.4 steals and blocks.
According to Cleaning the Glass, he is using roughly a little more than a quarter of his team's possessions in the 27 minutes he is on the floor every night, and it feels like it's not enough.
根据Cleaning the Glass数据，锡安每晚在场的27分钟，大约会占用球队四分之一多一点的进攻球权，但感觉这还不够。
Zion has attempted one mid-range jumper and 10 three-pointers in nine games. Everything else is in the paint.
He is averaging two dunks and nine layups a game. Almost 85 percent of his 125 shots have come at the rim, and he is converting 63.5 percent of them. And all those numbers feel low.
Yet, when you compare Zion's small sample size to Shaq's first season with the Los Angeles Lakers, you see just how dominant Zion already is.
O'Neal averaged two dunks and 4.4 layups in 81 games in 1996-97, taking a bunch more (less efficient) bunnies. He only attempted 57 percent of his shots at the rim, making two-thirds of them.
Here's the thing: Zion gets to the rim in more creative ways. He hustles in transition, either beating the defense for a lob or pinning defenders for a post-up with room to work.
He contorts himself around opponents on the drive and can spin in the blink of an eye for a layup from the high post with a bounce that makes Jordan's free-throw line dunk look routine.
He regenerates instantly when he lands, too, bouncing back to the rim for put-backs before the defense has a chance to regroup.
Do not let the 6-6 fool you. Zion is not just a big, he is big. As small-ball is concerned, he is the big.
According to Cleaning the Glass, the Pelicans are grabbing 34.9 percent of available offensive rebounds when Zion is on the floor, which would rank first among teams by a wide margin.
根据Cleaning the Glass数据，当锡安在场时，鹈鹕队的进攻篮板率为34.9%，以第一名的优势傲视联盟。
He has the ability to play above anyone — from Zach LaVine to Giannis Antetokounmpo to any 7-footer on your roster — and if he comes down with the ball, he can play above you again without warning.