NBA mailbag: Is Point Zion the most dominant version of Zion Williamson?

What offensive role is best for a 21-year-old big man who averaged 27 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game? Kevin Pelton reveals the factors behind Zion Williamson's dominance -- and what his optimal position is. on Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

As the 2021-22 NBA season nears -- ready or not -- it's time to bring back my mailbag, focusing today on a question about how to categorize All-Star Zion Williamson offensively. Is he more like a ballhandling wing than a traditional big man? Additionally, does giving him the ball for so-called "Point Zion" lineups maximize the New Orleans Pelicans' chances of offensive success?

Throughout the NBA season, I answer your questions about the latest, most interesting topics in basketball. You can tweet me directly at @kpelton, tweet your questions using the hashtag #peltonmailbag or email them to peltonmailbag@gmail.com.

The best questions focus on a general topic instead of a specific player or team, and anything that allows me to do original research to understand how the game is played is welcomed.

In addition to the lead question, this week's mailbag also tackles your questions about:

  • Whether it makes sense to shoot a 3-pointer after an offensive rebound instead of trying to drive

  • An NBA analogue for Betnijah Laney of the New York Liberty emerging as an All-Star after being waived