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Pelicans believe Zion Williamson would have made them guaranteed playoff team if not for knee surgery

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Many within the New Orleans Pelicans organization believe rookie Zion Williamson could’ve made them a guaranteed playoff team if he was healthy the entire season, per Will Guillory of The Athletic.

Williamson didn’t make his NBA regular season debut for the Pelicans until Jan. 22, 2020 because of a left knee injury which unfortunately required surgery.

The Pelicans have gone 10-9 with Williamson in the lineup:

Many within the Pelicans organization believe Zion Williamson could’ve made them a guaranteed playoff team if he was healthy the entire season, and their goals for Season 2 with him would’ve been even loftier before all this.

If Williamson, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram all make significant strides in their games during the offseason, the Pelicans have a chance to be one of the most dangerous teams in the West during 2020-21.

Zion is averaging 23.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists for the Pelicans in 19 games. The South Carolina native is shooting 58.9 percent from the field, 46.2 percent from beyond the arc and 64.5 percent from the free-throw line.

Before the 2019-20 season got suspended due to COVID-19, Williamson and the Pelicans were in 10th place in the rugged Western Conference standings with a mark of 28-36.

NBA owners are hoping basketball will be able to resume in the summer, maybe in July or August. However, it seems like more and more players in the league are testing positive for COVID-19, so the NBA has to be careful.