Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram offer one of most ‘unique’ opportunities in NBA, per Stan Van Gundy
Newly-appointed New Orleans head coach Stan Van Gundy is more than excited to get things going with his squad. As the 61-year-old himself admitted, he’s eager to begin working with the Pelicans young core in Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson.
Van Gundy provided some insight on what he sees in these two rising stars, starting with Ingram:
“You’ve got two of the most unique young guys in the entire league, (including) Brandon Ingram, who’s the most improved player in the league,” Van Gundy said, via Jim Eichenhofer of NBA.com. “He’s one of those really tall, long guys who plays like a point guard, who can get to anywhere on the floor and score the ball.”
In his first year with the Pelicans last season, Ingram put up career-best numbers, averaging 23.8 points (on 46.3 percent shooting), 6.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.0 steals, while also knocking down 2.4 triples per game on a 39.1-percent clip. Not only did Ingram get called up to his first ever All-Star appearance, but as SVG mentioned above, the 23-year-old deservedly bagged the Most Improved Player of the Year award.
As for Zion, even Van Gundy himself seems at a loss for words:
“I don’t even know the comparison for Zion Williamson,” he said. “He’s unique in the way he plays, but this is a guy coming off an injury for most of the year that was able to be extremely productive and efficient. There’s just not people like that. There’s a lot to build around there.”
Based on what we’ve seen from him last season, Williamson does appear to be a generational talent. The only downside is his ability to remain on the floor. So if Zion Williamson is healthy next season, then the Pelicans are going to be a scary team.