Pelicans rising star Zion Williamson joins Michael Jordan with rare rookie stat line
It is crazy to think New Orleans Pelicans rising star Zion Williamson has played less than 15 games in his rookie year. It is even crazier that he’s only 19 years old and that he’s supposedly coming off an injury.
No one would blame him if he needed a few games to truly feel like he’s back. And yet, the first overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft has been on a tear, even having a historic 20-point game streak. What is even more amazing is he’s doing it with impressive efficiency.
Williamson’s most recent game was on Sunday night, which saw him rack up 28 points and seven rebounds to lead the Pelicans to a much-needed win over the Golden State Warriors.
With his latest stat line though, he now has four straight 25-plus point games on at least 57 percent shooting. Michael Jordan was the last rookie to have recorded such a numbers in the same span (via Stat Muse).
Zion Williamson is the first rookie to have 4 straight games with 25+ PTS on at least 57% shooting since Michael Jordan. pic.twitter.com/ymuJJdlbyH
— StatMuse (@statmuse) February 24, 2020
With even just a small sample of his capabilities, Zion Williamson has bullied his way through Rookie of the Year talks. Although it already seems impossible given Ja Morant’s exploits and consistent performance with the Memphis Grizzlies, Zion’s play could put an asterisk on the legitimacy of Ja’s likely victory.
The Grizzlies are in contention for the playoffs, as they currently hold a 28-28 record. Meanwhile, the Pelicans are 25-32 on the campaign and are just 3.5 games behind the Grizzlies.
Should Williamson be able to topple Morant and the Grizzlies from their position, the Rookie of the Year race could very well be an exciting and debatable one.