LeBron James vs. Zion Williamson: Stats Prove How the Pelicans Star Surpassed the King in First 50 Games

Published 02/27/2021, 7:11 AM EST
Jan 8, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) dunks the ball against Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier (3) during the third quarter at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports


Ever since his debut last season, Zion Williamson has been tearing apart the NBA. He was arguably the most exciting prospect after LeBron James. Given his performances, it is evident why people were hyped up about him.

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After missing a chunk of last season, the 20-year-old played only 24 games in his rookie season. This season, Zion is averaging 25.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game and shooting 61.8% from the field.

Jan 21, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) shoots for the three points in the first quarter against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

His amazing performances have seen him being compared with LeBron’s blazing start in the NBA. In his first 50 games, Zion has averaged 23.6 points, 2.5 assists and 6.5 rebounds shooting 60.2% of his shots from the field.

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Astonishingly, it is much better than what James averaged in his first 50 games, who averaged 20.4 points. 5.8 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game, shooting 40.5% from the field.

Williamson has certainly lived up to the hype and is on his way to shatter multiple records in the NBA. If he continues to perform at such a high level, he surely will be one of the biggest superstars of the league.

Will Zion Williamson replace LeBron James as the face of the NBA?

Ever since his debut, LeBron James has clearly been one of the key players of the league. He has been the face of the NBA for a staggering 18 years now and continues to perform at a high level.

But like everything else in the world, all good things come to an end. The NBA is certainly aware of that and is desperate to establish the next face of the league. Enter Zion Williamson!

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Feb 25, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) pressures New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) in the third quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The league took notice of the media barrage surrounding the sophomore and is determined to establish him as the next face of the league. Despite him not playing in a dominant team, the Pelicans had the second most televised games in the first half of the season.

Zion has certainly stepped up his game this season. He is fully fit and is showing the league why there was so much hype surrounding him. He still has to improve through. The 20-year-old Zion might be a huge presence in the paint, but his defensive prowess is a major letdown. He flourishes in the offensive end as but hasn’t been able to replicate the same at the defensive end.

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With the steady progress Zion is showing and LeBron continuing to maintain his amazing form, the league might be in for a comfortable transition. The 20-year-old is surely on his way to becoming the face of the NBA soon.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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