Zion Williamson’s entrance into the NBA came with great interest after he showed off his versatile skills at Duke back in 2018-19. In the summer of 2019, he was drafted by the Pelicans who were coming off a tough season with a 33-49 record. With Zion’s arrival, everybody thought that this would give a glimmer of hope to the people in New Orleans.
In his rookie season, he averaged 22.5 points per game on 58.3% shooting. He managed to match records set by Michael Jordan by becoming the second rookie in NBA history to get 16 20-point performances. His second season was no different as he continued impressing his fans at such a young age. The young prospect was selected as an NBA All-Star the same year and helped his team to 11th place in the West.
After suffering a tough injury prior to the next season, Zion underwent surgery that made him miss the entirety of the campaign. However, he is now eligible for a max-contract extension that can break all previous records at New Orleans. The 21-year-old athlete will most likely remain with the Pelicans for a couple more years, but he will need to elevate his game if he wants to live up to the hype that was built for him at the collegiate level.