Is Zion Williamson a center in today's NBA?
An undersized center in the mold of a Dave Cowens or Willis Reed. Is Zion capable of that?
He looks to have the build and strength to defend players bigger than him. I think he would be very difficult for players to back down in the post. I am impressed by how mobile he is defensively in covering PnR and switches. He would do very well in that area in the NBA. The downside would be the lack of shot-blocking. Zion wouldn't offer much. His athleticism looks like it can get him some weakside blocks but less intimidating when meeting players head on (like Hibbert used to I mean). Then again, guys like Tristan Thompson do not offer much shot-blocking either and he has started at center with reasonable success.
Zion would be incredibly difficult for opposing centers to defend against with his quickness and athleticism. The way he can move from inside to outside and back again. So mobile. He would be lethal with that first step of his. Attack smaller players in switches off the PnR in the post. A lot of offensive opportunities for Zion at the center position.
In the 90s, he would've been a PF like Larry Johnson or Charles Barkley ... but in today's league, can Zion Williamson do enough defensively to successfully play as an undersized center?
I am not sold on him as a PF without more of a jump-shot. I think his NBA future is more as a 5.