Zion Williamson on the Verge of Breaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Unbelievable Streak, Setting a New Record

Published 03/04/2021, 12:35 AM EST
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


Zion Williamson is one of the hottest young prospects to enter the NBA in recent memory. The Pelicans’ forward has an explosive style of play that has captured the imagination of the entire NBA fanbase. In fact, many have tipped Williamson to become the future face of the NBA.

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And now, he is close to breaking a legendary record set by Lakers’ legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Zion Williamson close to surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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Zion Williamson has scored 20+ points at 50% shooting for 14 consecutive games. With his most recent game against the Chicago Bulls, Williamson tied Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most consecutive games scoring 20+ points at 50% shooting within his first two seasons. If he is able to continue this form in his next game, he will hold the new NBA record for the longest streak with this stat-line.

Zion Williamson has scored at least 20 points on 50% shooting in 14 straight games, tying Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the longest streak of its kind by a player within his 1st 2 seasons in the Shot Clock Era (sine 1954-55) h/t @EliasSports pic.twitter.com/EpP3AvigF8

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 4, 2021

It would be an incredible record for Williamson, who is starting to take the NBA by storm. Williamson entered the NBA last season as one of the most hyped prospects in recent memory.

He was the undisputed favorite to be the number one pick in the 2019 NBA draft. Consequently, he joined the New Orleans Pelicans as the first pick but spent much of his time on the sidelines.

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Unfortunately, Williamson was carrying an injury that he had sustained during his time at Duke. Therefore, he played very little basketball for the New Orleans Pelicans.

However, when Williamson did take the court, he showed glimpses of what he was capable of. Williamson played only 24 games with the Pelicans, as the franchise missed the playoffs.

Williamson has been fantastic the season

This year, however, Williamson has been on a mission. For the moment, he seems to have put his injury struggles behind him.

He is one of the most consistent performers for the New Orleans Pelicans. He has developed splendid chemistry with Brandon Ingram and is leading the franchise’s offense with him. Moreover, Williamson became an All-Star for the first time this season.

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Jan 30, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) is defended by Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker (17) in the first quarter at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
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Will Zion be able to surpass Kareem? He has the chance to do it right before the All-Star break and will be hoping to make history early in his career.

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Being able to surpass one of the all-time greats in Kareem will give him great confidence in his young career, to go on and achieve everything people expected him to before he even entered the NBA.

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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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