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Zion Williamson jolts Pelicans to highest season ticket sales in more than a decade

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Zion Williamson’s impact on the court is evident, but it’s his influence on ticket sales that is making news on this Wednesday. The Pelicans have sold more season tickets than they have in over a decade, and that’s mostly thanks to Zion.

Via Scott Kushner of NOLA.com:

The New Orleans Pelicans have sold more than 12,000 season-ticket equivalents for the 2019-20 season. It’s the most the franchise has sold in more than a decade, placing New Orleans among the top half of the NBA in terms of total sales.

Be it by fate or by luck, the Pelicans landed the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. With it, the team selected Williamson, who played just one season at Duke under head coach Mike Krzyzewski — and what a season it was.

Williamson made 33 appearances in his lone season with the Blue Devils, racking up averages of 22.6 points on 68.0 percent shooting form the field (33.8 percent from beyond the arc), 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.8 blocks in 30.0 minutes per outing.

New Orleans finished the 2018-19 regular season with a disappointing 33-49 overall record, which left the team out of playoff contention. Hopefully, with Williamson aboard and an offseason to prepare, the Pelicans will find their way back into the hunt.