Zion Williamson is finally back in practice gear for the New Orleans Pelicans, but the rookie still has several boxes left to check before his NBA debut.
Since winning the NBA Draft Lottery in June, the minds of the basketball-interested folks here in the Big Easy have been circling the arrival of one player as the team begins its rebrand. Zion Williamson hasn’t been able to play a game in New Orleans just yet, but that day is soon arriving.
Returning to practice last week for the first time since tearing his right meniscus after an incredible preseason, each day puts the rookie’s eventual first game in a Pelicans uniform closer to reality.
While it seems that Williamson won’t be on the court until after the calendar turns to 2020, it’s smart for the already terrible New Orleans Pelicans to wait until the rookie is in incredible shape to put him back on the basketball court.
In my own opinion, I find it kind of fitting that Zion won’t make his debut until the turn of the decade; based on the tape, it seems like he could very well be one of the few most important players of the next ten-year stretch.
Whenever we see the rookie back on the court, it’s going to draw a lot more attention to a Pelicans squad who currently stands 7-23 through their first 30 games of the 2019-2020 season and a game out of last place in the West.
We don’t know if Zion Williamson will be able to help this team win more frequently than they have been so far, but he’ll at least add a level of excitement.
The return of the rookie is incredibly fun, but we still have some questions and trends to monitor as the soaring forward prepares for his NBA debut?