May 20, 2020, 1:42 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson (right knee) has been able to rehab at team facilities during the league shutdown.
While he did not work out on the court, Williamson did have access to training staff with the goal of keeping his knee flexible. He is expected to be ready for game action if the season resumes.
May 10, 2020, 8:24 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson's former marketing representative, who he has since cut ties with, called upon him to admit his parents had demanded and received gifts from Nike, Adidas and Duke, in hopes of convincing him to sign with the shoe monoliths and the university respectively.
Williamson sued Gina Ford and Prime Sports in June, in an effort to end his contract with her company. Williamson's attorneys claimed the contract was in violation of North Carolina's Uniform Athlete Agents Act since Prime Sports is not recognized by the NBA Players Association or an acknowledged athlete agent in North Carolina or Flordia. It would not be a shocker to discover Williamson received some under the table incentives from the competing shoe companies or NCAA teams hoping to acquire his services on the basketball court, but this should not change his fantasy circumstances for whenever the NBA suspension is lifted. While Williamson clearly has the ability to stuff the stat sheet, he'll have to improve upon his free-throw shooting (.645), and his meager steal (0.8) and block rates (0.5) to become an early-round asset next season.
March 24, 2020, 4:30 pmJA MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant is the overwhelming favorite to win the 2019-20 Rookie of the Year award, according to a new ESPN poll.
The poll consists of national and international reporters as well as a mixture of local beat writers from across the league. Ja Morant wound up garnering all 70 first-place votes. Morant has been leading the pack all year, but Zion Williamson started to make things interesting since making his debut, albeit in only 19 games. Morant, who has appeared in 59 games, is averaging 17.6 points and 6.9 assists while leading Memphis to a potential playoff berth.
March 11, 2020, 10:47 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans-Kings game has been cancelled on Wednesday.
The center for the Utah Jazz, Rudy Gobert, tested positive for Coronavirus on Wednesday. It was later discovered that one of the refs working the Pelicans-Kings game refereed a Jazz game on Monday which prompted league officials to cancel the game.
Source: Robert Littal on Twitter
March 7, 2020, 12:05 amZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson posted 17 points (7-for-9 shooting), six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in 32 minutes on Friday as the Pelicans beat the Heat.
Williamson was third on the team in minutes, as it seems he is ramping up to a full workload as the season wears on. He was much more efficient than Brandon Ingram tonight (12 points on 4-for-20 shooting, five rebounds, three assists, two threes, one steal and one block) but the two talented youngsters were effective enough to beat a talented Heat squad.
March 5, 2020, 12:27 amZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson played 33 minutes on Wednesday night, the second game of a back-to-back set, and put up 21 points, six rebounds and three assists on 9-of-18 from the field.
This marks Williamson's first back-to-back and while overtime helped pad his minutes, it didn't look like he was being held back all that much. The phenom is pretty much unstoppable on the low block but right now his fantasy game is a bit hollow thanks to lacking defensive numbers and a poor .642 from the charity stripe on an absurd 8.6 attempts per game. There's early-round upside but the highlight plays have masked a lackluster fantasy run to a certain extent.
March 3, 2020, 11:07 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson kept up his phenomenal play on Tuesday, scoring 25 points, grabbing eight rebounds, throwing in three assists and nabbing a career-high four steals in a loss to the Wolves.
In addition to free throw shooting, defensive stats had been a weak point thus far for Williamson. He quieted some doubters on Tuesday evening with his four steals, and even added a block. Despite his efficiency and highlight-worthy plays, Zion ranks just outside the top-100 over the past two weeks (six games). He's still only 19 and the talent is undeniable, so its only a matter of time before he rounds out the rest of his game. It just likely won't come this season with just over five weeks remaining on the schedule.
March 3, 2020, 7:10 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Coach Alvin Gentry said that Zion Williamson is expected to play in both sets of the Pelicans back-to-back set when the team takes on the Wolves and the Mavs respectively.
Williamson may see a less than normal workload in Tuesday's game with the idea of keeping him fresh against the Mavs on Wednesday. It's something to monitor, but owners have to be ecstatic knowing that the superstar forward has already been declared ready to go for both games. Get him in all lineups.
Source: Daniel Sallerson on Twitter
March 1, 2020, 10:38 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson went off on Sunday in a 122-114 loss to the Lakers with a career-high 35 points on 12-of-16 shooting.
Although Williamson turned the ball over six times and did not record a defensive stat, he did knock down 11 of his 13 attempts from the stripe. He is a top-50 option for teams that are punting free throws, but performances like this one flash his ability to be a fantasy powerhouse.
February 28, 2020, 11:15 pmBrandon IngramSF, New Orleans Pelicans
Brandon Ingram scored a team-high 29 points in Friday's 116-104 win over the Cavs, going 11-of-19 from the field while adding six rebounds, seven assists, a steal and two 3-pointers.
Impressively, Ingram also went 5-of-6 from the charity stripe as his remarkable turnaround there continues. After shooting .621, .681 and .675 in his first three seasons, Ingram is at a sterling .860 on a career-high 6.1 attempts per game this season. It's led to a massive season with second-round fantasy value. Ingram's efficiency was replicated in this one by Zion Williamson (24 points on 11-of-16 FG) and Jrue Holiday (22 points on 10-of-16 FG with six assists, two steals, a block and two triples) as the Pelicans rolled right over the hapless Cavs.
February 23, 2020, 10:43 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson went off against the Warriors on Sunday with 28 points and seven rebounds in 33 minutes of action.
Williamson shot 13-of-20 from the field and added two assists and one block to the stat sheet. The only negative aspect of his performance was his free-throw shooting as he went just 1-of-6 from the stripe. Williamson is a middle-round option with early-round upside for anyone that is punting free throws.
February 22, 2020, 1:46 amZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson looked unstoppable again in Friday's win over the Blazers, adding 25 points (10-for-17 shooting), four rebounds, three assists and one steal.
Williamson did miss five of his 10 free throw attempts in what really seems to be the only potential blemish on his exciting and developing fantasy profile. He could definitely end up being a big factor in fantasy playoffs this season. Derrick Favors started alongside the rookie phenom and posted eight points, 12 rebounds and a steal.
February 13, 2020, 10:58 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson set a new career-high in Thursday's 118-123 loss with 32 points to go with six boards, one assist and a block.
Williamson looks much more comfortable out there than he did just a week ago and was throwing around Steven Adams like a rag doll at times. The size and athleticism is guaranteeing him scoring opportunities in transition and the passing vision is something that looks to be evolving with each game as well. He's going to be an elite asset by the end of the year, if not, the end of the month.
February 11, 2020, 11:37 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson put up a career-high 31 points (10-of-17 FGs, 11-of-14 FTs) plus nine boards, five dimes and a steal in 28 minutes in a 138-117 win over the Blazers on Tuesday.
Zion's hype will likely outweigh his fantasy value for the rest of the season, but he's showing all the potential that we've been dreaming of for months. As tough as it might be to pull the trigger, you should see what you can get for Williamson right now if he's on your squad.
February 11, 2020, 5:43 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson (left ankle sprain) is being listed as probable for Tuesday's game against the Blazers.
Williamson sat out Saturday's win against the Pacers with the ankle issue but should be back in the starting lineup for this one. The Pelicans play again on Thursday before the All-Star break, and Williamson owners have to be ecstatic to have the prized rookie back for the full matchup. Feel free to plug him back into all lineups.
Source: NBA Injury Report