Zion Williamson’s disaster season and the future of the Pelicans

Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans
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It’s hard to sugarcoat Zion Williamson’s season for the New Orleans Pelicans: It has been a disaster.

What started off as a “minor” foot injury has turned into an ongoing saga that has no end in sight.

It hasn’t been helped by Zion Williamson’s camp, nor the Pelicans’ front office, who have mostly been silent throughout this whole process, leaving fans and national media to speculate and offer up their own theories.

It now looks like Zion may have to have a second surgery, which would certainly remove any chance of him playing this season.

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Things can’t get much worse for Zion Williamson right now and the Pelicans are going to have to be careful that his disaster of a season doesn’t bleed into the next one.

Zion Williamson and the Pelicans’ playoff chances

While the Pels are still hanging around the play-in tournament, any real chance they had of making the playoffs ended when Zion got hurt.

He has now played in just 85 games while missing 117 and counting, which is obviously a concern for everyone involved.

The Pels have played well at times even without him, which is one of the most frustrating parts of this, as it seems like they have a  team that would complement Zion perfectly if he were just on the floor.

Brandon Ingram has stepped up, rookie Herb Jones has been a revelation and New Orleans has gotten solid contributions from Jonas Valanciunas and most-recently the red-hot CJ McCollum.

This is a playoff team with Zion, which makes his absence even more painful.

And what effect is it having on him?