January 31, 2020, 10:40 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson recorded a team-high 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field and 6-of-8 at the line to lead the Pelicans to a 139-111 win over the Grizzlies on Friday.
Zion added six rebounds and three assists with no threes, steals nor blocks in this one. It was a hollow line, relative to expectations, which are still a bit inflated at this time. He's a beast but it will be a while before he ramps up to it. Don't worry, he'll get there eventually. Hang tight.
January 28, 2020, 10:04 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson put up a low-key performance from a numbers standpoint on Tuesday, recording just 14 points on 7-of-13 shooting with nine rebounds and one assist.
Williamson has been the apple of the eyes of real-life and fantasy basketball fans over his last couple of games. This is his first pedestrian line, and proof that he is indeed mortal and not a basketball-playing demi-god. Regardless, Zion's game will remain must-watch basketball TV ROS, both on the Tele and on the stat sheet.
January 26, 2020, 10:43 amZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans' front office and coaching staff have liked what they've seen from Zion Williamson when he plays at center, and have indicated that they will continue to experiment with him there.
Head Coach Alvin Gentry in particular has shown an early willingness to test Zion out at the five. “We’re going to have to take a look at it" Gentry said "Sometimes we like matchups at the five, with guys having to guard him, and we feel like he can guard them. It gives us a quicker, more (ball movement)-oriented team.” Williamson saw nearly half of his playing time at center in both of his first two games, and the early returns appear to show that it can work well for the Pelicans. Should he see a lot of time there once he's fully ramped up to speed that will obviously take a toll on Derrick Favors' and Jaxson Hayes' playing time.
Source: The Athletic
January 24, 2020, 11:21 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson finished second on the Pelicans in scoring with 15 (7-for-9 shooting) in only 21 minutes to go with six rebounds, a steal and a block.
Williamson got the start and played a few more minutes than he did in his debut which is good to see. Through two games, it appears Williamson will have no issues scoring in the NBA. The fantasy world will just have to patiently wait as the Pelicans ramp him up and unleash him.
January 23, 2020, 2:41 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Pelican's coach Alvin Gentry said that Zion Williamson (right knee surgery) has no soreness or issues and went through a full practice on Thursday following the prized rookie's NBA debut on Wednesday night.
Williamson put on a show in the fourth quarter during Wednesday's game, and at one point, scored 17 straight points. He returned to the bench to end the game as the team takes a cautious approach with the highly-touted prospect. Williamson is as exciting a player as they come.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter
January 23, 2020, 12:14 amZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson put on a show in his NBA debut on Wednesday night, ending with 22 points (including 17 straight 4th quarter points), seven rebounds and three assists on 8-of-11 shooting and a perfect 4-of-4 from beyond the arc.
Williamson only played 18 minutes but had the stadium rocking in the 4th quarter when he scored 17 straight points, keeping the Pelicans competitive before ultimately returning to the bench to see them fall to the Spurs. As his minutes increase, it will be exciting to see the damage he's capable of causing in the league and the headache he gives opposing defenses. It's a promising start for this talented rookie's career and we can't wait to see where this trajectory takes him.
January 22, 2020, 7:58 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson (right knee surgery) will start in his regular season debut for the Pelicans on Wednesday.
Williamson will probably be on a minutes restriction and Coach Gentry said he would be used in "short bursts". Zion may take some time to ramp up, but his upside is tantalizing.
Source: Brad Turner on Twitter
January 22, 2020, 2:52 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson (right knee surgery) is considered probable for Wednesday's game.
Williamson should make his season debut against the Spurs as initially expected. Expect the Pelicans to ease him along, but this is a positive development for owners who have held onto him.
Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter
January 21, 2020, 5:38 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson (right knee surgery) is being listed as questionable to make his debut against the Spurs on Wednesday night.
Williamson is fully expected to make his long-anticipated NBA debut and even start this game, so don't pay much attention to the questionable tag. Williamson is expected to be on a 15-20 minute limit to start.
Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter
January 21, 2020, 9:07 amZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Andrew Lopez of ESPN is reporting that the plan is for Zion Williamson to start on Wednesday night against the Spurs.
The report adds that the Pelicans want to play him in short bursts and he won’t have a hard minutes restriction. Still, it’s likely that he plays closer to 15-20 mins instead of 30-35. Owners should be excited for his return but expectations should be lowered until we get an idea about his minutes going forward.
Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter
January 15, 2020, 1:48 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson (right knee surgery) is expected to make his debut against the Spurs on January 22.
Recent reports pegged Williamson to return on January 16, but it appears that the date has been pushed back. Nevertheless, there is a lot of anticipation surrounding how the first overall pick will look when he does play. Zion's minutes could be limited, but his potential is massive.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
January 13, 2020, 1:14 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Mitch Lawrence of Sirius XM is hearing that the Pelicans are planning for Zion Williamson (right knee surgery) to make his debut on Thursday against the Jazz.
Things can change based on how practice goes this week, but Zion has been doing 5-on-5 drills over the last couple of weeks. His debut would be a big lift for a Pelicans team that's floating on the edge of the playoff picture, though expectations should be tempered given the need for caution and prioritizing the long-term here.
Source: Mitch Lawrence on Twitter
January 11, 2020, 9:46 pmBrandon IngramSF, New Orleans Pelicans
Brandon Ingram scored 16 points, on 4-of-15 shooting, in Saturday's road loss to the Celtics, chipping in three rebounds, five assists, one block, one steal and five turnovers.
Ingram could not find his shot in this contest, as he connected on just a quarter of his shots from the field. He converted all but one of his FT's and chipped in all of the other categories, so all was not quite lost. Look for him to the be primary offensive focal point for the Pelicans while teammates Jrue Holiday and Zion Williamson remain injured.
January 7, 2020, 6:31 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson (right knee scope) went through 5-on-5 drills on Tuesday but remains without a timetable to return.
Willamson will be on a minutes limit and will likely be held out of back-to-backs when he does return. He has far too much upside to be let go of at this point, but fantasy owners need to temper expectations for the athletic marvel as the Pelicans are likely to coddle him this season.
January 7, 2020, 3:01 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Alvin Gentry said that Zion Williamson (right knee scope) will have a minutes restriction and the team will be overly cautious with him upon his return.
File this one under obvious. The Pelicans have been treating the number one overall pick with kid gloves, and that isn't going to change as the team sits near the bottom of the Western Conference standings. Williamson has tantalizing athleticism and upside, but the team is playing the long-game with him.
Source: Pelicans on Twitter