Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday impressed with Zion Williamson’s touch around the basket
Holiday and Williamson have been participating in voluntary workouts the last two days. The Pelicans’ floor general says Williamson’s ability to finish around the rim is really remarkable for someone as explosive as Zion is.
“I think it’s really just a touch around the basket,” Holiday told Andrew Lopez of ESPN. “Sometimes you see people like that and they kind of shoot the ball off the backboard or whatever but he has a nice touch to him.”
Jrue Holiday and Zion Williamson are the new faces of the Pelicans franchise in the post-Anthony Davis era. For New Orleans to compete for a playoff spot in the rugged Western Conference, the two will have to play at a high-level every single night.
Last season for the Pelicans, Holiday averaged 21.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 7.7 assists while shooting 47.2 percent from the field, 32.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76.8 percent from the free-throw line. Although he missed the final 15 games of the season due to a core muscle injury, Holiday is 100 percent now and ready for another grueling season.
In his lone season at Duke, Williamson put on an absolute show. The high-flyer put up 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while shooting 68.0 percent from the floor, 33.8 percent from the 3-point line and 64.0 percent from the charity stripe.