Zion Williamson is probably one of the most famous players in recent memory. Created by the New Orleans Pelicans with the first selection of drafts in 2019, many felt that the Pelicans are prime for success.
With players like Brandon Ingram with him, Pales’ future looked bright, but after three seasons and Zion played only 85 games at the time, it is safe to say that Williamson did not live up to the expectations of many. The foot injury missed the entire 2021-22 season, with many criticizing the big man for his lack of fitness, and trade rumors lingering.
Many were concerned about the former Duke Forward’s fitness, as the 1-time All-Star seems to have taken a break. While starring in a recent Nike commercial, Williamson looks leaner and more athletic, and probably in the best shape of his entire NBA career.
From recent pictures and videos, it seems that former guard Jalen Rose is convinced that Zion’s season is going to be good. In a recent appearance at Jalen and Jacobi, Rose claimed that Zion would break the All-NBA barrier this season. (0:58 onwards).
“Zayn is trending all over the NBA like he scored an average of 27 points in 60 per cent shooting and you’re talking about it when he’s not in shape. A lot of players are making progress in their careers, it’s getting in shape and eating right and training. The most important thing It seems to me that Zion has figured it out and the sky is the limit for him and his team. “
While the Pelicans lost many of their stars due to injuries in several episodes of the 2021-22 season, New Orleans finished 8th in the Western Conference.
Not only that, but Pells pushed 2021 Western Conference Champion Phoenix Sun to Game 6 when it lacked a player like Zion Williamson.
With his playing time limited, Zion played more than 50 games in the season alone, he was easily the best player on the team. With Ingram showing the ability to pop off the scoring board from time to time and a talented guard from CJ McCullum, the Pelicans could be a sleeper pick at the Western Conference to run a deeper playoff next season.