Zion Williamson has had enough of playoff misses. Despite having played only two seasons in the NBA, the New Orleans Pelicans star is yearning for more success.
It has fueled a burning desire inside of Williamson, who is sick and tired of settling for a pat on the back.
As transcribed by Oleh Kosel of The Bird Writes:
“It was a sickening feeling,” Williamson told Joel Meyers and Antonio Daniels on a SiriusXM Radio interview earlier this week. “We weren’t in the playoffs — and I’m watching the playoffs — I’m like, man, we can be there. Like I know we can be there this year. Man, something just took over me and I was like, yeah, it’s not happening again. It’s not happening no more.”
Zion Williamson made heads turn in his rookie season for the Pelicans and cranked it up in his sophomore year. Last season, Williamson improved his averages to 27.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game. The shift to a more active role as a playmaker did wonders for Williamson as it unlocked a skill that made him even more dangerous.
Pelicans fans hope that Williamson's strides can be parlayed into a winning season for the Pelicans, whose last playoff appearance came in the 2017-18 season.
Lonzo Ball and Steven Adams will be missed, but Jonas Valanciunas, Devonte' Graham, Tomas Satoransky, Garrett Temple, and Trey Murphy III should be enough to fill the void. Furthermore, the stellar play of Brandon Ingram and continued improvement by Nickeil Alexander-Walker will only help Williamson get rid of that sickening feeling.