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Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson names the 3 NBA legends his mom told him to study

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New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson says his mother told him to study three players growing up: Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan.

All of that film watching has paid off, as it appears Williamson is on his way to dominating the NBA for the next decade or so assuming he stays healthy.

Despite starting off his pro career by going under the knife, Williamson has been an absolute stud in his first 10 NBA games. The No. 1 overall pick from last year’s draft is making the game look way too easy and has the city of New Orleans buzzing again.

Williamson is averaging 22.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists after his first 10 games, numbers which would probably garner All-Star consideration had he played the whole season. Zion, who is just strong as ever, is also shooting 57.6 percent from the floor, 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 65.4 percent from the free-throw line.

If fans want to be picky here, the Pelicans would likely prefer to see Williamson shoot a better percentage at the free-throw line, but overall and considering the circumstances, Zion has been nothing short of spectacular so far for New Orleans . In fact, he figures to dominate the NBA for the next decade or so.

The Pelicans are 23-32 after the first half of the season and in 11th place in the Western Conference standings. New Orleans has to likely go on a major run in the second half of the 2019-20 campaign in order to reach the playoffs out West.

One thing certain is that NBA fans are hoping the Pelicans make the postseason because everyone wants to see Williamson play on the NBA’s biggest and brightest stage.

Zion Williamson played in Friday’s Rising Stars Challenge in Chicago and put up 14 points — along with some rim-rattling dunks.