Why Zion Williamson can't carry Duke to an NCAA tournament title on his own | First Take

  • Published: 27 March 2019
  • Stephen A. Smith says Duke Blue Devils freshman Cam Reddish has been "a model of inconsistency" and teams will begin to figure out RJ Barrett's game, so Zion Williamson cannot carry Duke on his own. Seth Greenberg takes the field to win the 2019 NCAA tournament ahead of Duke's Sweet 16 matchup vs. the Virginia Tech Hokies, because Tre Jones is not drawing enough attention away from Zion, Barrett and Reddish.

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Comments • 753

  • Elann Suvat
    Elann Suvat  8 months back

    I wonder if Zion will stay for sophomore year. He seems like the kind of kid that wants to win an NCAA Championship before be enters the NBA. But the popular answer will be him entering the NBA draft.

    • adison _
      adison _  8 months back

      This aged well

      • LeBron James
        LeBron James  8 months back

        Who else is here after duke lost

        • Andrew Hatch
          Andrew Hatch  8 months back

          Williamson cannot carry his team? He has at least 2 teammates who are just as good, if not better because they are more consistent in their roles. Williamson finally played against another player that is just as good and a team that was together - not 5 different players like Duke. Guess what happened? He crippled. His D was atrocious and he created no presence LOL

          • Young Jesus
            Young Jesus  8 months back

            Duke lost to Michigan state😂

            • Abhimanyu Yadav
              Abhimanyu Yadav  8 months back

              Can someone please tell me if this is a knockout tournament?

              • Lameck Magara
                Lameck Magara  8 months back

                Stephen A picked UNC win it all & as always reminded the world how he's elite in bracketology. Then Auburn smacks UNC Friday night. This guy.

                • Jiggy Jay
                  Jiggy Jay  8 months back

                  Haters gonna hate. Zion went Two Banana sandwich on V Tech.

                  • Silas Lowenthal
                    Silas Lowenthal  8 months back

                    tre jones shut these guys up after last night

                    • Rmon128
                      Rmon128  8 months back

                      This is the dumbest headline I’ve read in a longtime. In what way is he carrying this team on his own when they have Cam, Tre, and RJ. Tre Jones stepped up in that Virginia Tech game. A couple big 3 balls, I honestly hope Duke takes the Lebron approach and stays away from social media because the media is gonna disrupt their flow and chemistry more than they could try to do in their own locker room. Not a Duke fan but I def believe in this recruiting class

                      • Chris Dodges
                        Chris Dodges  8 months back

                        0:10 Well...that take didnt age well lol

                        • Lamereo Hargett
                          Lamereo Hargett  8 months back

                          Stephen a now your bracket fucked up lol

                          • Ty'Ron Sullivan
                            Ty'Ron Sullivan  8 months back

                            Stephen A was wrong , duke survived while unc taking the bus ride home

                            • Nikita Brock
                              Nikita Brock  8 months back

                              Hating ass niggas like to keep zion name in they mouth.......i guess tre showed stevenA.Go Blue Devils.

                              • Jahvnevis L
                                Jahvnevis L  8 months back

                                Y'all need to put some respect on Jones name, fucking hypocrites. That's why people shouldn't listen to guys who haven't played the game at the highest level

                                • Surfdocer
                                  Surfdocer  8 months back

                                  Nobody can ! That's why it's a team. Duke has three top ten first round picks. The only way to beat then in full form is hope they get caught on a slow night
                                  I'm neutral allegiance- wise and some one who is playing unconscious like Auburn can pull it out. Cinderella hasn't won since 1985.

                                  • ThatBoyJay
                                    ThatBoyJay  9 months back

                                    Who here after North Carolina lost 💀

                                    • Logan Woolwine
                                      Logan Woolwine  9 months back

                                      dude yall r wrong as heck dude duke is going all the way watch them

                                      • Furlowe MSU
                                        Furlowe MSU  8 months back

                                        3 points lol

                                      • Furlowe MSU
                                        Furlowe MSU  8 months back

                                        Logan Woolwine doubt it they aren’t that good

                                    • Jon Fisher
                                      Jon Fisher  9 months back

                                      Well..... good thing he doesnt need to....

                                      • Joey Andrew
                                        Joey Andrew  9 months back

                                        Cam shows up once every ten games. Barrett can't shoot threes or free throws. Tre is a great defender but can't shoot threes. Mid-range shooting is good. Coach K always abandons his bench at tourney time. Zion is their only hope. Life long Duke fan here.

                                        • Shadow Ninja
                                          Shadow Ninja  9 months back

                                          Duke is going to win

                                          • KimPressurE
                                            KimPressurE  9 months back


                                            • RunFor OurLives
                                              RunFor OurLives  9 months back

                                              Because it’s a team sport

                                              • James Smith
                                                James Smith  9 months back

                                                My bracket is beating Stephen A lolololol

                                                • ooga booga
                                                  ooga booga  9 months back

                                                  But he won't. He's got RJ, Tre, Cam, and Javin. xD

                                                  • Lenny Kewis
                                                    Lenny Kewis  9 months back

                                                    Being a diehard Tarheel fan makes me scared that Stephen A Smith picked them to win it all. We all know he has a horrible success rate of picking who will win a basketball championship.

                                                    • Max Rees
                                                      Max Rees  9 months back

                                                      Why should Zion have to carry the team? The fact that this "KID" has impacted college the way he has is because he's lived up to the hype for the most part.

                                                      • Jojon Smith
                                                        Jojon Smith  9 months back

                                                        They treat Seth opinion like he John Wooden 😂

                                                        • Nate Ware
                                                          Nate Ware  9 months back

                                                          There stupid rj Barrett is good to it should say rj and zion cant carry duke to championship cause everybody else is butt

                                                          • Nate Ware
                                                            Nate Ware  9 months back

                                                            And I never thought duke had a chance and they still don't

                                                        • taylor hawkins
                                                          taylor hawkins  9 months back

                                                          Bruh I love duke but cam is so Frustrating when it come to him
                                                          Catching all these fouls so early and not driving and shooting his shot would like to see Alex shoot some more 3’s just wanna see a team everyone hates and doesn’t want to win actually prove all the wrong do what the fab 5 couldn’t please

                                                          • Kawika Gustafs I N
                                                            Kawika Gustafs I N  9 months back

                                                            Everyone doubted him in hs saying that he’s not playing against real competition or that he won’t be able to do what he did in hs, in college. And he showed us that he could. Not sucking the man but keep doubting he’s gonna keep showing, all the haters keep doubting and hating cause it’s just going to turn into motivation for him.

                                                            • P B
                                                              P B  9 months back

                                                              Why cant coach k carry duke to the championship without Zion?

                                                              • IRONZEEK THEICON
                                                                IRONZEEK THEICON  9 months back

                                                                Zion looking like last years lebron carry’s the team but once he’s out they become vulnerable because nobody on that team other than Zion is reliable

                                                                • Silver Soul
                                                                  Silver Soul  9 months back

                                                                  Reddish RJ Trae on his team to i mean that squad stacked

                                                                  • Alex
                                                                    Alex  9 months back

                                                                    Tre Jones lowkey is a horrible 3 point shooter when pressure is put on the team. RJ is a lil selfish trying to score when knowing he should pass the ball, Cam doesn’t have the instinct that Zion & RJ have and Zion... there’s nothing bad honestly with Zion he’s a freshman that’s completely dominating (unless u have a 7’6 mofo protecting the rim) 💀

                                                                    • brownieboiii
                                                                      brownieboiii  9 months back

                                                                      Impressive analysis by ESPN yet again. Who knew there were 4 other people on the court

                                                                      • BENGIBONO1
                                                                        BENGIBONO1  9 months back

                                                                        You will c Adjustments today.

                                                                        • Michael Smith
                                                                          Michael Smith  9 months back

                                                                          Coach says duke will have trouble as they get to the better teams and personnel...who does he think duke has been playing all year? Duke lost to va tech once and Carolina twice without Zion. They may not win the title, but it won’t be because they all of a sudden are playing better competition than during the regular season. Of the teams left, duke hammered Kentucky, beat uva twice, beat Texas tech, beat Auburn, beat unc, beat FSU twice...and lost by a few to Gonzaga who likely will lose to FSU.

                                                                          • trza49er
                                                                            trza49er  9 months back

                                                                            RJ Barrett is averaging like 23 a game, who said anything about Zion winning a title on his own?

                                                                            • Su Chen
                                                                              Su Chen  9 months back

                                                                              Why TF someone should carry a team to championship? Jordan didn't "carry" for NC. Only Chamberlain or Jabbar maybe.

                                                                              • Isaiah
                                                                                Isaiah  9 months back

                                                                                Zion and RJ Barrett are kinda like Lebron and Kyrie on the Cavs .

                                                                                • qhamarii0
                                                                                  qhamarii0  9 months back

                                                                                  Cam Reddish has potential to be KD but will prolly be Jeff green

                                                                                • Don’t touch My Jin!
                                                                                  Don’t touch My Jin!  9 months back

                                                                                  No shit a team has 5 players for a reason

                                                                                  • Cj Armour
                                                                                    Cj Armour  9 months back

                                                                                    OF COURSE ZION CANT CARRY THEM, THATS WHY ITS CALLED A "TEAM" SPORT!!!! DUH!!!!!! OTHERS HAVE TO STEP UP!!!

                                                                                    • Janeer Rodgers
                                                                                      Janeer Rodgers  9 months back

                                                                                      Haters gonna hate

                                                                                      • Techno Nerd Wrestling with Ian Walker

                                                                                        Zion:......Hold my beer!!!!

                                                                                        Watch me!

                                                                                        • Brandon
                                                                                          Brandon  9 months back

                                                                                          Basketball is a team sport lmao get your facts right dumbasses epsn

                                                                                          • MJ S
                                                                                            MJ S  9 months back

                                                                                            To even think that zion can do it alone is Disrespectful to Duke and Coach K