Brandon Ingram calls Zion Williamson a ‘once-in-a-lifetime player’
The New Orleans Pelicans are navigating the start of their 2019-20 season without their top overall pick Zion Williamson, one teammate Brandon Ingram was quick to point to as a generational talent in the NBA.
“He is a once-in-a-lifetime type of player,” Ingram said of Williamson, according to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. “That athleticism. The body he has. He can go through guys in the air. Then the defensive side, he can get in the passing lane and start the break. You just have to have awareness. You always have to know where he is on the basketball floor. He can open up so much for other players.”
Ingram knows the buzz that Williamson has brought to the city of New Orleans, but admits the rookie has handled it well, soaking in the joy of this city while being mature about the expectations and the task at hand.
“[Zion] gets the attention, but he knows how to handle it, too,” said Ingram. “He is not too soaked up in it. There is a little attention with our group with how young we are and how good we can be. Just the hype.”
The 6-foot-9 wing, who leads the Pelicans in scoring, was quick to note that “L.A. is a different type of attention,” considering the sheer amount of media outlets and the national attention they garner every season, regardless of their place in the league.
Williamson’s return in December should help the Pelicans see how they really stack up against a loaded Western Conference, which will be the real barometer for this season and how to move forward with the young pieces at hand, including Ingram.