New Orleans Pelicans: Sit back and enjoy Zion Williamson’s dominance

Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans is establishing himself as one of the most dominant players in the league at breakneck speed.

The NBA’s annual all-star game is right around the corner and you know what that means on the Internet. Voracious fanbases are pitted against one another, each side trying to exalt their respective franchise players and guard them from criticism while, at times, unnecessarily putting down other fantastic players.

The nature of sports is to defend your team no matter the cost, but that can lead to the disparagement of other players who circumstantially become seen as rivals because of events like the all-star game and the selection process behind it.

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This might be the case for Zion Williamson. Williamson’s impressive showings on a nightly basis are becoming the norm. New graphics pop up every game comparing him to generational greats like Shaquille O’Neal, history-making superstars like LeBron James, and budding trailblazers like Luka Doncic.

Williamson’s dominance is well on its way to becoming an NBA mainstay and, although he is rightly lauded for it, there are also times when it is forgotten that the New Orleans Pelicans forward has played less than 50 games in the NBA.

I am guilty of doing this myself. To be clear, the goal of this article is not to suggest that Williamson should be immune to criticism. No one should be, let alone a player that a franchise is banking on to lead them to unprecedented heights.

Zion Williamson has a lot of improvement to do, particularly on the defensive end as I have written about before. But because so much is expected of Williamson and he is so good this early, it’s easy to get accustomed to his positives and look past them to break down the negatives.

It’s easy to nitpick but don’t do it at the expense of enjoying what Zion is doing right now, which is amazing.