Zion Williamson Beats Anthony Davis and Chris Paul with Historic Pelicans Record

Published 03/02/2021, 5:03 AM EST
Jan 30, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) reacts after making a free throw in the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports


Zion Williamson is one of the most hyped talents to enter the NBA in recent memory. The former Duke forward joined the NBA in 2019 as the undisputed favorite to be the number one overall pick of the draft. He joined the Pelicans in his first season but struggled with injury problems. But this year, he has been showing why people were right to be excited about him.

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Zion Williamson makes Pelicans’ history

Williamson accomplished another milestone as he has now become the youngest player at 20 years, 238 days in New Orleans Pelicans’ history to score 25 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists in a game. He surpassed Anthony Davis, who was 20 years, 361 days old, and Chris Paul, who was 21 years, 209 days when they both accomplished this feat with New Orleans.

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From @ESPNStatsInfo: Zion Williamson became the youngest player in Pels history (20 years, 238 days) with at least 25 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in a game.

AD was 20-361 when he did it and CP3 was 21-209 when he did it.

— Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) March 2, 2021

Williamson has been having an excellent season so far. Currently, he is averaging great numbers with the Pelicans, with 25 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists for the season. Because of his performances, Williamson became an NBA All-Star for the first time in his young career and is now one of the youngest All-Stars in NBA history.

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After an injury-riddled rookie season, Williamson entered the 2020-21 NBA season with a chip on his shoulder. And so far, he has proven to his doubters that he was worth the hype. While the Pelicans have struggled this season, much of their success can be credited to the consistent performances of Williamson on a nightly basis.

Williamson – The future leader of the Pelicans?

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Williamson is the leader of the Pelicans’ young core, which also includes Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball. The three players are expected to lead the Pelicans to an NBA championship in the future. And while they are not quite at that level yet, all three players have shown signs of their potential combined brilliance in the future.

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
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Can Zion Williamson lead the New Orleans Pelicans to the NBA playoffs? The Western Conference is quite competitive, and they will have to work very hard going forward to secure a playoff position, even if that is through a potential play-in game at the end of the regular season. However, Zion is playing some of his best basketball and can spark some form into this team.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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