Preseason is meant to be taken with a grain of salt, but if the first two games of the 2019-20 NBA preseason are any indication, No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson is primed to have a special rookie season.
After scoring 16 points in the Pelicans first preseason game, Williamson was dominant Wednesday evening in a preseason win over the Chicago Bulls. Williamson went 12-13 with 29 points in 27 minutes played:
Williamson averaged 22.6 points per game and 8.9 rebounds a contest in one season at Duke. He and the Blue Devils were eliminated by the Michigan State Spartans 68-67 in the Elite Eight.
While the Pelicans, who traded Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason, will have a tough path to the postseason in the Western Conference, it doesn't seem entirely out of the question. They retained point guard Jrue Holiday, a two-time all defensive player that averaged a career-high 21.2 points per game a season ago. They signed J.J. Redick to a lucrative free-agent deal. What growth they can get out of Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball, two of the pieces acquired in the Davis deal, will likely determine if they're able to sneak into the postseason.