The New Orleans Pelicans have been the team on the cusp for what feels like forever. But now entering year three of the Zion Williamson era, it’s very much a make or break season for the team.
There are many unanswered questions left on the Pelicans, but Zion Williamson is not one of them. He’s barely played over a full 82-game season and yet he’s already shown a level of dominance that rivals some of the NBA’s best superstars today. 27.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game through what basically feels like one full NBA season is astounding.
Zion Williamson’s insanely consistent dominance
Williamson in many ways looks destined for the path of the safe-bet superstar for the Pelicans. Think Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James, and Shaquille O’Neal. These guys are going to put up their numbers virtually no matter what thanks to their imposing physical dominance.
While high-scoring guards like Damian Lillard and James Harden can post performances that rapidly fluctuate from one game to the next, Zion Williamson will remain steady and undeterred to post his 25 points every single night.
That’s exactly what he proved last season. In the last 41 games he played for the Pelicans, the exact equivalent of half an NBA season, he only dipped below 20 points one time, a 16 point performance against the Brooklyn Nets. Even that game was an anomaly since he played just 22 minutes after it turned into a blowout affair early.
Think about how insanely consistent and unstoppable you’d have to be to pull off a feat like that. Neither Giannis, LeBron, nor Stephen Curry even came close to that level of consistency. Neither did fellow big men Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid, the MVP and runner-up last season. Trust me, I checked each of their game logs.