Jrue Holiday details what Pelicans want Zion Williamson to bring
New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday exploded in his return from injury, dropping 36 points in a win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday, showing no rust after a seven-game absence. While many are hoping for similar fireworks from Zion Williamson, who has missed the entire 2019-20 season recovering from a torn meniscus, Holiday isn’t quite ready to put such a heavy load on his shoulders.
Following a horrid 13-game skid, the Pelicans have won 11 of their last 16 games and are only 3.5 games back of the last playoff spot in the West. However, Holiday isn’t expecting Williamson to be the saving grace that gears them up another notch:
“[He just needs to do] what he does. We’re not here to think he (needs) to save us,” said Holiday, according to Jim Eichenhofer of Pelicans.com. “We want his energy, rebounding, explosiveness. He’s a threat offensively obviously. I don’t see anyone who’s able to compete with him at the rim.”
Williamson is set to make his debut Wednesday against the San Antonio Spurs, a date so pivotal in magnitude that the NBA flexed its national television schedule to fit it, ditching the broadcast of the Houston Rockets vs. Denver Nuggets.
Many have awaited Williamson’s debut in the NBA, even though his short sample size in the preseason was enough to tell gaudy stories about his power and athleticism.
While he possesses game-changing intangibles and a freakish athletic ability, he will be limited to about 20 minutes per game while he gears into midseason speed after missing the first 44 games of the season.