With New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson missing the first 45 games of the season, the Rookie of the Year race was pretty much considered a one-man battle. That one man being Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant.
However, even though Williamson is slowly putting himself back in consideration for the Rookie of the Year award, the former No. 1 pick is not concerned with the award.
Rather, Williamson is more focused on getting his team back in the playoffs
“Honestly, I’m just tryna get a playoff spot for my team. If I win [ROY], it’s nice, but if not, it’s fine,” Williamson said per Rachel Nichols of ESPN.
At 23-32, the Pelicans will need to have a strong second half of the season in order to make the playoffs. New Orleans is currently five and a half games behind Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies for the Western Conference eighth seed.
In the 10 games that he has played this season, Zion Williamson has proved himself to be every bit the star that he was seen as coming out of Duke.
While Williamson may have missed too much of the season to win Rookie of the Year, the 6-foot-6 forward is averaging 22.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game while shooting 57.6 percent from the field and 36.3 percent from deep for the Pelicans.