There’s a template for the type of Zion Williamson highlight that’s supposed to go viral. It starts with the ball in his hands as he launches his 285-pound frame into orbit to attack the rim. Williamson will dunk with one hand or with two, sometimes with the aide of a runway, other times by generating unprecedented power from a standstill. If he’s feeling generous, he’ll add a windmill or a 360 in for good measure as a nation gawks in awe.
It’s dunking that put Williamson on SportsCenter and had Drake wearing his jersey well before he graduated high school. But his freshman season at Duke has taught us that many of his best highlights actually come on the defensive end.
This was illuminated against Virginia, when the Williamson play all over the internet didn’t involve him putting anyone on a poster. Instead, Duke’s billionaire-in-waiting brought the basketball world to a halt with a block.