Zion Williamson Makes History as He Adds His Name Next to Michael Jordan in Incredible Stat

Published 03/12/2021, 10:21 PM CST
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


New Orleans Pelicans were high on the hope-horse after having a fully fit Zion Williamson for the 2020-21 season. Everyone thought that the Pelicans would at least make it to the playoffs. However, that seems a little too far-fetched now.

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They are standing thirteenth in the Western Conference with a 15-22 record, and it doesn’t look like they can make a comeback from this in the second half of the season, considering how competitive the West is.

Nevertheless, Zion has seen some individual success so far and has even joined Michael Jordan in an incredible record.

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Zion Williamson joins Michael Jordan in record

The Pelicans just hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers, which was their second matchup of the second half of the season. They did not have the start that they expected, losing by 30 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves in their previous outing. This is the biggest example of the Pelicans not living up to the preseason expectations.

Only Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson are trying to keep the Pelicans relevant and afloat in the West. After their win against the Cavaliers, an incredible stat came up that puts Williamson next to Michael Jordan.

As per ESPN stats and Info, “Zion has now scored 20+ points in 49 of his first 60 career games. That is the most by any player through their first 60 career games since Michael Jordan (52 of first 60).”

On the path to greatness already?

The 20-year-old just made his debut in the 2021 NBA All-Star Game. In fact, just like last year, he has established himself as the leading scorer and star player for New Orleans Pelicans. He is already averaging 25.5 points along with 7.1 rebounds.

His athleticism, size, and energy make him one of the most dominant power forwards in the league right now. His dunks are something his rivals resent the most because nobody likes getting posterized by his monstrous hammers.

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Fans were even rooting for him to take part in this year’s dunk contest, but he didn’t. Honestly, there is hardly anyone who can compete with the way he slams the rims. The Pelicans bet on him in hopes that he would bring them a championship.

Mar 11, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) grabs a rebound from New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) during the second half at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

However, one star player isn’t enough to carry the team on its shoulders. The franchise needs to build a better supporting cast around him to make his job easier and more sufficient. Do you think the Pelicans have a shot at making the playoffs this season?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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