Mavericks coach: Zion Williamson is Shaquille O'Neal type with point guard skills



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Mavericks coach: Zion Williamson is Shaquille O'Neal type with point guard skills

Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle was impressed with New Orleans Pelicans' Zion Williamson following their Saturday game. Williamson delivered a huge performance on Saturday night as he led the Pelicans to a 112-103 home-win over the Mavericks.

Williamson had 38 points, five rebounds and six assists. "He's an unusual force and obviously a great player," Carlisle said after the visiting Mavs fell 112-103, per ESPN. "We'll have to figure something a little better out next time, but he's doing this to everybody.

We did have some very good possessions guarding him, but he was a beast. "It presents huge challenges for the defense and for officials. He is just creating collisions out there. This is a Shaquille O'Neal-type force of nature with a point guard skill set."

Williamson just wants to help the Pelicans win

The Pelicans now have a 20-25 record and they sit at No. 12 on the Western Conference standings. "I want to make the best play that's going to help us win," Williamson said.

"Sometimes, that's knowing when to shoot it and when not to shoot it. When to make the pass and when not to make the pass. I just want to win. It's as simple as that." Brandon Ingram also had a good performance for the Pelicans as he scored 19 points and had four rebounds.

"The ability to go in there and know the angles of the basket and know the angles of everything around the rim, it's really beautiful," Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram said. "To be as efficient as he is and go to the rim and sometimes get fouled and play through it, it's beautiful to see."

Meanwhile, Nickeil Alexander-Walker dropped 20 points and grabbed five rebounds. "He's a great player and very unselfish," Alexander-Walker said. "He made the winning plays tonight." Williamson is a 6-feet 7-inch forward and he is in the top-3 of the heaviest players in the NBA.

"You've got to have a lot of courage to stand in there and get run over by that guy, because he's coming at you fast," Carlisle said. "He's coming at you, like, it's not just an Amtrak. It's an Acela.

It's the fast one that doesn't stop. It doesn't stop in Westport or wherever. It just goes -- phew! -- straight to New York City. It's something else."