Pelicans' Zion Williamson Set for NBA Debut

WWL Newsroom
January 22, 2020 - 7:05 am

Rookie sensation Zion Williamson takes the court for the Pelicans tonight against the Spurs in New Orleans.

This is his first game back with the team after tearing his meniscus in the preseason.

After a horrendous start to the season, the Pels are one of the hottest teams in the league, just 3.5 games out of the playoffs. Locked on Pelicans podcast publisher, Jake Madison, says the team is really clicking.

“Now you add Zion Williamson to this mix, being almost a role player, and not a guy that needs to be at the forefront because so many other guys are playing well. I think that eases him into his NBA career,” says Madison.

He’ll join the team’s newest star, former Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, who is averaging 26 points a game.

As exciting as his return is, Madison cautions that you likely won’t be seeing much of Zion for the next few weeks. He expects Williamson to get about 10 to 20 minutes a game for the short term.

“He’s likely not playing on the second night of back to backs, and he might not even be in the starting lineup right away, and I would not be surprised if the Pels bring him off the bench,” says Madison.

He’ll have to find his way into a starting lineup of Jrue Holliday, Lonzo Ball, JJ Reddick, Brandon Ingram, and Derrick Favors that’s led a mid-season charge.

Zion will have to find his way in an offense that’s really hit a groove, and Madison says that likely means he’ll see less of the ball than you typically might expect of a young star.

“The roll man in a pick and roll, and he will be out there grabbing rebounds, something the Pels have struggled with at times this year, so he will be able to go out and make an impact,” says Madison. Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m.