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Zion Williamson ‘stronger than he was before,’ claims Lonzo Ball

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New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball has a message about rookie Zion Williamson, and the rest of the NBA may not like it.

During a conference call with Pelicans reporters on Monday, Ball admitted that Williamson somehow got even stronger during the NBA hiatus.

Williamson was already built like the villain from the Avengers, Thanos. The 2019 No. 1 overall pick was able to bulk up even more and work on his game during the hiatus since he had weights and a hoop at his house in New Orleans.

Before the season was suspended in March, Williamson was a monster. The lefty was averaging 23.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists for the Pelicans, who went 10-9 with him in the lineup. Zion also shot 58.9 percent from the field, 46.2 percent from beyond the arc and 64.5 percent from the free-throw line.

Ball, meanwhile, was putting up 12.4 points, 6.2 boards and 7.0 assists for the Pels. The former Los Angeles Lakers guard was shooting 41.2 percent overall and 38.3 percent from deep. All the work Ball did with New Orleans assistant coach Fred Vinson has paid off, as Lonzo has a new shooting form.

The Pelicans’ eight seeding games are crucial for the club. They have to register a better record than the Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings if they want to clinch the eighth playoff spot in the West.

The only way the Pelicans are going to make the 2020 playoffs is if Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson, Jrue Holiday and Lonzo Ball all play at a high-level together.