New Orleans Pelicans star and former No. 1 draft pick Zion Williamson reportedly signed his rookie extension to stay with the team through the 2027-28 season.
The move came after some uncertainty about New Orleans’ long-term commitment to Zion—and his commitment to her.
Williamson hasn’t played in an NBA game since 2020 and has just over a full season of actual games under his belt despite three years of league activity.
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injuries mainly, played the most important role. It is impossible to blame Zion entirely. However, some have questioned his weight and training schedule.
Williamson was seen making pre-game dunks for fans but has not played an actual NBA game since the 2020 season.
Still, keeping Williamson close was a pretty easy decision for the Pels. A former No. 1 overall pick, he is the cornerstone of their franchise for now. He would also make a good trade good if they traded him elsewhere. Simply put, it wouldn’t be in her best interests to allow him to roam free for nothing or to upset the former Duke star. Zion Williamsons don’t grow on trees.
Williamson’s renewal with New Orleans, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, is set to net him as much as $231 million over the next five years.
Zion Williamson career statistics
As mentioned, Williamson just played in 85 career games, which makes its sample size rather small. He averaged just over 22.5 points per game in his rookie campaign. In his sophomore year, he made quite a monumental leap, averaging an efficient 27.0 points per game in his best season to date, scoring over 61 percent in 61 NBA games.
The three-point line remains an opponent for him, but with the speed and explosiveness that Zion offers, he may never need his reach to reach that point consistently.
He’s a rare NBA superstar, and provided he bounces back from his foot injury with similar explosiveness and skill, David Griffin and company will be a wise investment.
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