WATCH: Pelicans’ Zion Williamson Unleashes Aerial Attack on Hornets’ Defense

Published 01/08/2021, 10:08 PM 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


Zion Williamson is a brute force that has the innate capability to storm his enemies out. Just into his second year, the man already has enough posters to his name in order to create a humiliating album on his mighty opponents. At least that is what he did against the Hornets by conveniently dominating them. 

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Zion had 11 points in the first half against the Hornets. He was so good from inside the paint that it took zero three-point attempts from him to cruise ahead.

All that being said, it were the Hornets who refused to relinquish and won the last three quarters. Still, Zion ensured that the Hornets’ march towards a 118-110 win stayed unpleasant.

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Jan 8, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) drives to the basket against Charlotte Hornets center Bismack Biyombo (8) during the third quarter at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Zion Williamson showcased his flying strength against the Hornets

Zion scored 11 points in the third quarter alone, blowing the Hornets away with his impeccable performance. When Pelicans were leading 65-55, a turnover helped by Brandon Ingram led to Zion Williamson finishing a powerful dunk. Zion had the right punishment ready for the Hornets for leaving him unguarded. 

Zanos is known and feared for his capability to make massive vertical jumps and finish inside the paint. He possesses the famed Shaquille O’Neal caliber to bend the rim with his herculean strength and unearthly speed. 

His confidence was on full display as he relied solely on his contact play skills even in the third quarter and din’t attempt any deep range shots. Anyway, for the Pelicans, stars like JJ Redick, Josh Hart, and Brandon Ingram attempted enough shots from the downtown to help them clear some space for Zion. 

Zanos is making records with every passing game

The 20-YO recorded 711 points in his first 32 games in the NBA. With that, he became the first player since Shaquille O’Neal to do it.

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Shaq pulled off the feat in 1993 when he was playing for the Orlando Magic. Unlike Shaq, who could successfully play (and start) all the 81 games in his rookie year, Zion’s last season was limited to 24 because of his knee troubles.

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However, as the arguable contender to future MVP awards, Zion is making great strides in his second season. This time around, he is already averaging 21.4 points and 8.1 rebounds. All that is only going to get better as he matures with the season.

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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