If you follow basketball, you knew that Zion Williamson was something special in high school. Williamson went on to become a social media sensation with his amazing dunks. Seeing someone his size and be able to jump the way he does was crazy. After a legendary high school career, Zion Williamson took his talents to Coach K and Duke. During his lone season as a Blue Devil, Zion Williamson continued to amaze people with his dunks. Under Coach K, Williamson developed in other areas like shooting, handling the ball, passing and defense. With those skills, teams were hoping to land the top pick in the draft because he could change a franchise. The New Orleans Pelicans got the #1 pick and they selected Zion Williamson. After a couple of preseason games, he was shut down and eventually had knee surgery.
Last night, he finally made his NBA debut and to say it was hyped would be an understatement. Zion has been called a generational talent, the next LeBron James and the guy to carry the torch into the future. Zion finally played a regular season NBA game. We all knew he would have some restrictions and I would’ve been happy with 10 points and 5 rebounds. Through the first three quarters, Zion was somewhat quiet as expected. In the fourth quarter, Zion finally got in a groove and it was a spectacle to see. When the team was down by 10, Zion scored 17 consecutive points in a little over three minutes. Unfortunately, Zion was pulled after his burst and the crowd was cheering for him. Zion finished with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists on 8-of-11 shooting. The Pelicans fell to the Spurs 121-117.
When you add Zion to a lineup with Jrue Holiday, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, J.J. Redick and Derrick Favors there’s reason for excitement. I’m envisioning this team making the playoffs and I wouldn’t want to draw them in the first round. On social media, I’ve saw different TV personalities criticizing his performance. Just remember, Zion is coming off surgery and this is his first career NBA game. Let this sink in, he’s still a kid and people have anointed him, he never said he’s the next anyone. For me, the Zion Williamson debut was amazing.