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Zion Williamson believes Pelicans ‘can compete for a championship’

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New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson believes the core in New Orleans can potentially win a title.

The Pelicans’ roster is headlined by Williamson, Jrue Holiday, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, JJ Redick and Derrick Favors.

“I think we can compete for a championship,” Williamson said in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Yes, I am convinced that this team can have the NBA title as a goal…I’d be lying if I said something different.”

In his lone season at Duke, Zion Williamson put on an absolute show. The high-flyer averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while shooting 68.0 percent from the field, 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 64.0 percent from the free-throw line.

There hasn’t been this much hype surrounding a player since LeBron James. The Pelicans are hoping Williamson carves out a similar career as James.

New Orleans has done a good job of surrounding Williamson with veterans who will teach him and the other youngsters on the Pelicans what it takes to win in the NBA on a consistent basis.

The Pelicans will ultimately go as far as Holiday can take them. He’s now the best player in New Orleans after Anthony Davis’ departure. Holiday put up 21.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 7.7 assists in 67 games last season.