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Pelicans’ Steve Kerr reacts to Zion Williamson’s big game vs. Warriors


The Golden State Warriors got their first look at the New Orleans Pelicans with Zion Williamson and head coach Steve Kerr was utterly impressed by what he saw out of the No. 1 overall NBA Draft pick.

Williamson went off for a game-high 28 points and seven rebounds, making 65% of his field goals in 33 minutes of action. Yet Kerr was not only impressed by his physical dominance, but also by some of his less-noticeable skills:

“He’s explosive and strong but he knows how to play too,” said Kerr after a 115-101 loss to the Pelicans on Sunday night. “He makes really good passes out there, he recognizes double teams. he just scores so easily around the rim because of his power. But he’s just a great young player and without much experience at all, so he’s only going to get better.”

Williamson destroyed the Warriors with a slew of drives and spin moves, even doing the classic rip-away steal to the delight of the crowd.

Williamson did everything he is known for in that one play — he missed a free throw (64% going into this game), got his own offensive rebounds (leads the league in that category) and then snatched it away from the smaller Damion Lee upon missing the layup — only to put it back in and draw the and-one play.

Yet Zion showed a bevy of crafty spins and finesse finishes around the basket to complement his ruthless power. He also hit his first 3-pointer since burying four in a row against the San Antonio Spurs in his debut.

As Kerr said, he’s only going to get better from here on out.