In almost every sport, there is that wonder-boy who comes with all the hype, prospects, and talent to show for it. He is usually loved by the fans, pundits, and oh, the ladies. When it comes to the game of NBA, Zion Williamson best fits into the description.
The rookie sensation of New Orleans Pelican rookie Zion Williamson had begun a spectacular first stage in his NBA career before the 2019-20 season, which was halted in March as a consequence of coronavirus pandemic.
Since LeBron James, Zion Williamson has been among the hyped players. His dominant performances for Duke plus his hype ensured that he was the first total in 2019.
Zion Williamson’s Injury
Zion was injured during the pre-saint and had to wait until January until his debut when he was selected by New Orleans Pelicans. More than 2.4 million viewers witnessed his NBA debut in San Antonio Spurs on January 22. He has 22 points, seven rebounds, 4/4 of the three-point line as well.
The willingness of Williamson to work out regularly is positive for the Pelicans. They are confident of moving into the western eighth playing position until the Walt Disney World is reopened on July 30. Yet Williamson being fit and worthy of competing is indeed an NBA victory.
Aaron Nelson, Executive Vice President of Player care and Performance Management, and Tom Maystadt, Head Coach, engaged actively in Williamson’s preparation phase and would continue to assist in the way in which the organization treats their star player, thus becoming mindful of their stamina and body language when he is on the court. According to multiple outlets, Williamson also met with his stepparent Lee Anderson, whom he has long respected as mentor and instructor, to assist with basketball basics at home during layoffs.
Although various league insiders denied the suggestion that the NBA was out of the way for the Pelicans to be placed in the circle, it is undoubtedly positive for the company because it has at least eight more games to go.
Zion and Lebron Match up?
The NBA might also be searching for a current hysteria, trying to reap all the revenue it can into Television following seat selling declines. A potential championship match between Zion and LeBron will be massive, not just for the team but for the fans as well. An executive at the Eastern Conference said the League would presumably expect that the Pelicans would win the No. 8 spot in the West in the first round of the playoffs for a potential contest between Williamson and LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers.
In an interview with ESPN, the executive praised Williamson and said that he “is a guy that drives eyeballs and attention.”
He added that “[The NBA] would love to have a Michael Jordan versus the ’86 Celtics moment in the first round. If they could get their ideal world, that’s what they would want.”
After knee surgery in October, the 19-year-old Duke product made his debut in the NBA just on January 22, three months into the regular season.
David Griffin, the Pelicans’ executive vice president of basketball operations, per Bontemps and Lopez, praised Zion’s diligence and said that he puts in so much commitment to taking care of himself. “He is in a good space physically and mentally,” he said.
Rumors also reported that the return program included 22 teams, including Zion and his Pelicans side. This seems like Zion is about to crumble now as the NBA resumes. Either that is accurate or not. In the 19 games he played, he played a solid season with an average of 23.6 points and 6.8 rebounds.
Should they qualify for the playoffs, the Pelicans will become a competitive unit. The team reaches the restart for the last playoff spot of the conference by going 28-36, 3.5 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies. The Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns are all packed. It’s always a competition in a mix.
Nonetheless, New Orleans core complemented by JJ Redick, Derrick Favors, and Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, and Jrue Holiday, gives the squad the expertise and versatility required for some serious noise at the Disney World complex in Orlando.
Even in the unlikely situation of the Pelicans not being eligible to compete at the eight-game competitions of the regular season and the upcoming championship, Williamson leads the charge brilliantly.