KEY POINTS

  • Zion Williamson has been on a strong start to his NBA career
  • He is on pace with Allen Iverson and Shaquille O'Neal based on their first ten games
  • The New Orleans Pelicans are eyeing for a playoff spot

Zion Williamson continues to make headlines with his strong start to his NBA career. He was the first overall pick in the 2019 draft and was seen as the biggest name since Lebron James. The hype he built as a High School dunking sensation propelled him to fame and as a fan favorite.

Although his start was delayed due to an injury, the rookie has been able to put himself back on track. The past few weeks have been a show for the entire league with how he’s been playing for the New Orleans Pelicans. He has displayed his incredible athletic ability with his high-flying finishes and his explosive second jump.

He recently notched his first career 30-point game as he tallied 31 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists in their win against Portland. He led his team to beat the Trail Blazers 138-117, as he shot 10 out of 17 from the field.

He has been efficient all season and is off to a strong start to his career. Throughout his first 10 career games, he has already tallied more than 200 points. This puts him in elite company among the first overall picks. In the last 30 years, the only players who were drafted first overall to score over 200 points in their first 10 career games are Shaquille O’Neal and Allen Iverson. Shaq had 238 points while The Answer notched 224.

 

His trajectory has been impressive and is slowly leading the team back into the playoff picture. Shaq himself shared that Zion’s presence has been pivotal in the recent run of the Pelicans being an additional boost of energy for the young squad.

“I think they will make the playoffs,” the former NBA champion said.

The Pelicans are currently in 11th place in the Western Conference as they are tied with the San Antonio Spurs with a 23-31 win-loss record. With almost halfway done through the regular season, the Pelicans will have to bank on the same energy Williamson has brought to the team. He is averaging 21 points per game with 7.7 rebounds with 57.6% shooting from the field.

Zion Williamson New Orleans Pelicans Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts after making a three-point shot against the San Antonio Spurs at Smoothie King Center on January 22, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images