New Orleans Pelicans power forward Zion Williamson balled out on Christmas Day, scoring a whopping 32 points in the loss against the Miami Heat. With this impressive display of talent, the second-year big man Williamson has earned a place next to one of the greatest basketball players of all time, LeBron James, as he made NBA on Christmas Day history.
ESPN Stats and Info shared the Christmas record about Williamson's impressive performance despite the Pelicans' holiday defeat.
Zion Williamson (32 pts) joins LeBron James (34 pts in 2003) as the only players in NBA history to score 30 points on Christmas before turning 21. pic.twitter.com/FAU6LeyGYY
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 25, 2020
Having your name side-by-side with one of the greats is no easy task. But, then again, Williamson is proving himself to be an impossible force to contain.
The 6-foot-6, 284-pound Pelicans power forward out of Duke has captivated the attention of fans across the NBA universe. Though he only played 24 games in his rookie year, Williamson averaged 22.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game. In that short period of time, his name was already in the Rookie of the Year conversation, next to Ja Morant, the winner of the 2019-20 award.
With his monster blocks in the paint, sending balls into the crowd, and physical play down low, playing bully ball with NBA veterans, Williamson has a bright future ahead of him.
Led by new Pelicans head coach Stan Van Gundy, New Orleans has plenty of talent to offer. Young players such as Williamson, Brandon Ingram, and Lonzo Ball paired with veterans Steven Adams, J.J. Redick, and Eric Bledsoe will prove to be a difficult team to play against in the Western Conference. Though their journey to the playoffs will not be easy, this team will not go down without a fight.
Starting the season off 1-1, the Pelicans will take on the San Antonio Spurs next Sunday evening.