New Orleans Pelicans stud Zion Williamson put up a wild statline against the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night with 37 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists. Williamson is the second youngest player in league history to achieve such a box score feat, with only John Drew achieving the same stats at a younger age.
Zion Williamson tonight:
15 REB (career-high)
8 AST (career-high)
He is the 2nd youngest player with a 35/15/5 game since 1983 (John Drew in 1974). pic.twitter.com/2UNUSPKNRv
— StatMuse (@statmuse) April 10, 2021
The 20-year old phenom is enjoying his second campaign in the league, putting up 26.3 points, 7 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game this season. Williamson is also scoring at a ridiculous clip, connecting on 62% on over 16 field goal attempts per contest.
The impressive play has been a huge step up from his abbreviated rookie campaign, when he averaged 22.5 points in just 24 games played. The sophomore’s impressive play has been huge for the New Orleans Pelicans, despite their middling record at 23-29 record and 11th place spot in the West.
Williamson has built an effective partnership with fellow young star Brandon Ingram, who is also shouldering a decent offensive load with his 23.8 points a night. The duo is also aided by the emergence of Lonzo Ball as an effective playmaker and floor spacer.
The Pels currently sit just one spot of the play-in seed in the Western Conference, just a game and a half behind the 10th seeded Warriors. The bottom of the conference has proven to be quite competitive for the newly expanded postseason spots.
If the Pelicans can continue to play through Williamson with the support of Ingram and Ball, the team from New Orleans could be in for their first taste of playoff success since the departure of their former franchise cornerstone, Anthony Davis.