Carter: Duke’s Zion will ‘be ready’ for the NBA

Zion Williamson of Duke will be ready when he hits the NBA, according to Vince Carter.

The bottom-feeders of the NBA, most certainly including the Cleveland Cavaliers, whose skid reached a dirty dozen with a 141-113 blowout loss at Houston on Friday night, are casting their lonely eyes on Zion Williamson.

And when the 18-year-old Duke freshman hits the league’s hardwood, he’ll be ready for it, according to Vince Carter.

The 41-year-old Carter, now of the Atlanta Hawks, says Williamson “has an NBA body, already” after the Blue Devils star forward poured in a career-high 30 points in an 87-65 thrashing of Wake Forest on Tuesday night.

“He’ll be ready [for the NBA],” Carter, an eight-time All-Star, told ESPN. “One thing I learned when I got in this league is that yes, I’m athletic, but there’s gonna be a lot of guys up here that are athletic. What else do you bring to the table? I think he’s going through that phase, kind of what I went through. Everybody looks at ‘he can dunk, he can dunk,’ but now when you have guys that are super athletic, then they’re going to start saying, ‘What else can he do?’”

Carter, the 2000 NBA slam dunk champion, believes Williamson has what it takes to excel at the next level.

“He’s super, super athletic,” Carter said. “He has an NBA body already. I think, more than anything, 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.”