It seems like the sky’s the limit when it comes to Zion Williamson’s future. When you see him soaring through the air with unlimited hang time, it feels like maybe even the sky isn’t high enough. The only thing that could possibly keep him grounded might just be is health.
Zion Williamson is a force when on the court. But he’s unfortunately been forced off of it far too much. With the physical specimen that Zion is, there’s always that fear that his forceful play might lead to further damage.
Let’s take a look back at Zion Williamson’s injury history.
AAU/High School Injuries
He started dealing with issues during his time at AAU ball. In 2017, he suffered a fall during warm ups which forced him to miss more than a few months of action.
“It was during a warmup prior to the first week of the AAU season. We were in Arkansas and it was hot and the floor was slippery and he fell one time on it and I saw that knee hit that floor and the next morning he told me that knee was swollen,” said Williamson’s step-father, Lee Anderson. “We had the doctors look at it and they said it was a deep contusion so we just got him off of it. He went to Dallas and played in the very first game and he wasn’t 100 percent and I could tell, so we just shut him down.”
In 2018, Zion also missed the Nike Hoops Summit as well as the Jordan Brand Classic because of a hand ailment that prevented him from getting back on the court.
His Infamous Duke Blue Devil Injury
The shoe burst heard around the world.
During Duke’s rivalry match up against the North Carolina Tar Heels, Zion got the ball at the top of the key. He made a move to get into the paint, but his Nike shoe exploded which caused him to injure his knee.
Fortunately for everyone with Zion stock, he injury wasn’t as bad as it looked. The diagnosis was a Grade 1 knee sprain and he missed just three weeks of game action.
Williamson was eventually able to get back on the floor for their ACC tournament run as well as for March Madness.
Zion’s Rocky NBA Beginnings
Even during the NBA Summer League, he had his fair share of bumps and bruises.
After playing a few minutes during his summer league debut, he bruised his knee which forced him to miss the remainder of the summer action.
Zion Williamson took knee to knee hit in first half. Will not return with left knee injury. It's not expected to be serious but the Pelicans are taking a cautious approach with their #1 pick during this summer league.
— Cassidy Hubbarth (@CassidyHubbarth) July 6, 2019
Williamson’s Meniscus Problem
Zion’s ultra-hyped NBA debut had to be pushed because of the injury he suffered during a preseason game. Williamson believes that it was probably during his game against the Spurs on October 13th. This unfortunately forced him to miss the first the first four months of the regular season. But as we all know now, Zion has definitely been worth the wait.
Zion Williamson Medical Update: pic.twitter.com/jBLLmJElGV
— Pelicans PR (@PelicansPR) October 17, 2019
Thankfully, Williamson has now been blessed by the NBA gods with good health. All of us NBA fans better pray this keeps up for the rest of his career if we wanna see many more of his superhuman highlights.