Zion Williamson needs this one thing to become an unquestioned superstar

Apr 7, 2024; Phoenix, Arizona, USA;  New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) dunks to score
Apr 7, 2024; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) dunks to score / Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

Zion Williamson has had the most successful season of his career.

Sure, some of his statistics are down. He's not averaging career highs in points and rebounds, but his assist numbers are up. The former number one, can't miss, superstar first overall pick, boasts a career high in assist percentage, assist/turnover ratio, and assist ratio. His ludicrous basketball IQ has been on full display from the jump this season.

Zion is the best player on a team scratching and clawing for a top five seed in the west. His superstardom is on full display night in, and night out. His transformed physical appearance led to a Pelicans second half surge that drew millions of eyeballs to the Big Easy.

All of this is true. Zion is a force to be reckoned with.

However, one thing is missing on his dazzling resume. A meaningful moment in the NBA playoffs.

The former Duke Blue Devil has yet to take the floor in an NBA playoff game. The closest Zion came to a real playoff game was in December in Las Vegas during the NBA In-Season Tournament semifinals. Williamson put up a stinker against the Lakers scoring 13 points and finishing at -33 in plus/minus.

Those who watch Zion night in and night out have no questions about the big man's game. They see the supernova offensive superstar who was promised. Those who haven't watched Zion much are waiting to be proven wrong.

In one weeks time, Williamson will have his chance. As it stands, the New Orleans Pelicans are slated to take part in the Play-In tournament, and Zion will have a chance to lead the Pelicans into the playoffs in a standalone game in front of the nation. If New Orleans jumps Phoenix and gets into the playoffs without the Play-In tournament, Zion will spearhead the Pelicans attack against the upstart Oklahoma City Thunder in what will be one of the most anticipated first round series in the league.

For many, Zion's resume is stamped. For others, one week from now will allow Zion to silence the few doubters left.