Zion Williamson Continues His Scoring Excellence; Second Only Behind Michael Jordan in New Record

Published 02/27/2021, 10:45 PM 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


The New Orleans Pelicans had no second thoughts when they drafted Zion Williamson last season. After being over-hyped last season because of his performances in college, he has barely had any attention this season. But he is quietly doing his best and helping the Pelicans fight for a playoff spot.

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Along with that, Zion has also become a frequent record-breaker. After his 55th game for the Pelicans last night, Zion finished with his 12th career 30-point game.

Since the 1984-85 season, only Michael Jordan has had more in that span with 20. He is ahead of Blake Griffin, Allen Iverson, and LeBron James as well.

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Jordan is arguably the best scorer of all-time. So being second only to him is a big achievement for Zion, who can be assured he is on the right track.

Zion Williamson: Efficient in scoring, proficient in scoring

During his rookie year, Zion suffered multiple injuries and played only 24 games all season. If he was able to play the whole season, he would have finished higher in the ROTY race and likely won it as well.

This season, he has missed just one game so far and is turning into a reliable scorer for the Pelicans. He is averaging 25 points per game while shooting a ridiculously efficient 61% from the field. Those impressive stats earned him his first All-Star appearance this season.

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Jan 29, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) controls the ball against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second quarter at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Can Williamson and Ingram be franchise pillars for the Pelicans?

Along with Williamson, the Pelicans also acquired Brandon Ingram in the same off-season. These two have the potential to be a solid duo that the franchise can rely on.

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Both are young and are All-Stars already. The Pelicans will hope that these two can help the team become a regular in the playoffs.

Since the team was created in 2002, the Pelicans have had consecutive playoff appearances on just two occasions. They have never been in the playoffs for three seasons in a row. This is where Ingram and Williamson come in, as they help the franchise break this barren run. Their last playoff appearance came in 2018, and it is likely they miss out once again this season.

Feb 12, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the second quarter against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Pelicans need to provide them a capable supporting cast and that would help them have a respectable playoff run, before they eventually start contending for their first-ever NBA title.

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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