New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson continues to land in the record books after he amassed 16 consecutive games where he scored 20 points on 50% shooting from the field. The sophomore’s latest feat allowed him to join an exclusive list bannered by Shaquille O’Neal, Karl Malone, and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players who have longer streaks than him, per ESPN Stats and Info.
Last night, Zion Williamson extended his streak of 20-point games with 50% shooting to 16 straight games.
Since the shot-clock era began in 1954-55, the only players who have longer such streaks are Hall of Famers Shaquille O'Neal, Karl Malone, and Wilt Chamberlain. pic.twitter.com/TajnqAV3bc
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 13, 2021
After an injury-riddled rookie campaign, Williamson managed to stay healthy in the first half of his second season in the league. He is currently averaging 25.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 3.3 assists through 36 games played thus far. His impressive production eventually bore fruit as he earned the first All-Star selection of his career at the age of 20.
However, the Pelicans have yet to find consistency even with Williamson’s stellar performances from the field as they garnered a dismal 6-10 record in that stretch. The team’s failure to successfully close out games led them to settle for a 16-22 record for the 12th spot in the Western Conference.
Apart from Williamson, his other teammates need to step up and play their respective roles in order for their team to get back on the right track. Much is also expected from their other core players in Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball to turn things around for the Pelicans heading to the second half of the season.
Hopefully, Zion Williamson will receive more help in their coming games as he aims to lead his team back to the playoffs for the first time in the post-Anthony Davis era.