Michael Pellissier details a shift in emphasis moving forward as the Pelicans move further away from playoff contention.
December 6, 2019, 10:11 amZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Executive Vice President David Griffin stated that Zion Williamson will likely start off his return not playing in back to backs.
This is nothing we don't already know, expect the Pelicans to take it very slow with him. This Pelicans team is not winning many basketball games, and certainly don't look like a playoff team. All the more reason for them to monitor Williamson. Griffin said there will be a "ramp up process."
Source: Scott Kushner on Twitter
December 6, 2019, 12:14 amJrue HolidayPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday had a strong game in Thursday's 139-132 overtime loss to the Suns, scoring 23 points, accompanied by seven rebounds, six assists, five steals and a blocked shot.
Holiday is locked in as one of the elite fantasy point guards. That will continue to be the case with his diverse skillset. The return of Zion Williamson in the near future could mute some numbers slightly, but the efficiency would theoretically improve in concert with that.
December 4, 2019, 10:50 amZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Kristen Ledlow of TNT reported on Tuesday night that Zion Williamson “turned a corner” this week but the team is erring on the side of caution and his return will “definitely” come outside of the 6-8 week window initially projected.
This is far from an official update but consistent with everything that has been coming out of New Orleans in the last few weeks. Zion is reportedly progressing but his return date remains up in the air and owners will have to make a tough decision in regards to how much more can they wait for him to get back to the court.
Source: Kristen Ledlow on Twitter
November 22, 2019, 4:18 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Updating a previous report, executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin claimed that Zion Williams is on track to return on his original eight-week schedule.
This is good news. An update from Griffin carries a lot more weight than our previous information that came from Reggie Miller during the TNT broadcast. Griffin said that Zion is "getting better every day." Many teams will also see significant improvement once Zion takes the floor for the Pelicans. The team still has a lot of rotation questions to figure out, but Zion will remain a centerpiece.
Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter
November 22, 2019, 3:46 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
After speculating that he could miss the season, Reggie Miller corrected himself during the TNT broadcast and said Zion Williamson is on track to return in mid-December.
Miller stated that "a little birdie" told him that he will "definitely" return in mid-December. It is hard to make too much out of his back-and-forth on the issue, but it is an update nonetheless. Zion will be handled with care whenever he returns, but he will still produce significant mid-round value as long as he takes the floor.
October 22, 2019, 11:06 amZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Shams Charania is reporting that the Pelicans are not blaming Zion Williamson’s weight for his injury and that they are 100 percent confident that this is an isolated incident.
The Pelicans, just like the rest of the NBA, were well aware of what they were getting themselves into and anyone who watched Williamson’s preseason performances can tell you that having him healthy should be well worth it. Still, it’s true that there’s a great deal of force impacting his body each time he lands, especially since he’s heavier, stronger, and more explosive than any person should be. The Pelicans will absolutely be cautious with their rookie, but the jury is still out there on whether Zion can stay healthy.
Source: Stadium Network
October 21, 2019, 4:59 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and will miss 6-8 weeks.
The Pelicans had already announced that Williamson would be out for several weeks, but this clarifies the timetable. He's a risky pick at this point but certainly possesses a great deal of talent for those who grab him at a reduced draft slot. In the meantime, Brandon Ingram looks to benefit the most from the available playing time.
Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
October 18, 2019, 11:43 amZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson has avoided a serious injury to his right knee but is expected to miss "a period of weeks" according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
This is a massive blow to basketball fans, as Zion has been the story around the league during preseason. While a full recovery is expected, this will likely scare some fantasy managers off the rookie's second-round draft price, and those of you who are betting on a speedy recovery may be able to snag Zion at a discount. He's looked unstoppable and wouldn't have a problem meeting that draft position, but he's carrying far more risk than he was 24 hours ago. As far as his replacements, this will open up more usage for everyone, and among the forward core we'll probably see more time for Brandon Ingram, Kenrich Williams and Nicolo Melli, with Ingram-at-PF minutes opening things up for the guards in smaller lineups.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
October 17, 2019, 6:30 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
According to ESPN, Zion Williamson's knee injury may be more serious than initial reporting suggested.
News came out earlier this afternoon that Zion would miss Friday's preseason finale vs. the Knicks. Typically, preseason injuries are more precautionary than regular season injuries as the games don't matter. Zion will undergo further evaluation. If you haven't drafted yet, make sure to monitor his status. Risk-averse fantasy players may be best suited to draft someone else as Zion might not be ready to start the season.
Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter
October 17, 2019, 5:12 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson (right knee soreness) will not play in Friday's preseason finale vs. the Knicks.
Zion has played his way into the early second-round of fantasy drafts this preseason. The Pelicans are likely being cautious with the future star of their franchise. Expect Zion to play on opening night but continue to monitor his status as he will undergo further evaluation.
Source: Jeff Zillgitt on Twitter
October 13, 2019, 7:17 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans' rookies continued their impressive preseasons in Sunday's road win over the Spurs, with Zion Williamson leading the way in a 22-point, 10-rebound effort.
Williamson went 8-for-11 from the field and 6-of-8 from the line while adding two steals in 31 minutes. He's done a lot to justify the massive hype around him and he's likely going to cost you a second or third-round pick in most fantasy leagues. Fellow rookie Nickeil Alexander-Walker had another strong game with 13 points, five rebounds, seven assists, a steal, a block and two triples, but we'd take that with a grain of salt since J.J. Redick was resting. NAW is more of a dart throw in deep leagues and a fun dynasty target this season. Nicolo Melli, in line for stretch four work, chipped in 14 points, nine rebounds, a steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers off the bench. The Pelicans should be tons of fun this season.
October 11, 2019, 11:43 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson scored 26 points and added five rebounds, one assist and one three in Friday's win over the Jazz.
A game after missing only one shot, Williamson went 9-for-12 from the field and even added a three-point make. Expectations are rightfully high for the rookie and he seems to be more than capable of the expectations.
October 9, 2019, 11:39 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson dominated against the Bulls on Wednesday, scoring 29 points with four rebounds and four assists.
Williamson shot 12-of-13 from the field and 5-of-8 from the line in 26 minutes. Williamson looked dominant in this game and displayed the elite efficiency that many were expecting. His ADP will start to rise with his performance so far this preseason. However, Williamson looks like he will return early-round value this season and will be worth the price tag.
October 7, 2019, 10:08 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson stuffed the stat sheet on Monday vs. the Hawks with 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting with seven rebounds, three assists and four steals.
It didn't take long for Williamson to throw down a highlight dunk in the first quarter in what looks to be a season filled with them. Williamson is as good as advertised and the rebounding and steal rates look like they'll translate well from college. The explosiveness is there and he'll have a high floor as an efficient scorer and rebounder on a high-octane Pelicans offense. He comes with a pretty hefty ADP, but he shouldn't have much trouble returning that value.