Before the preseason ended the New Orleans Pelicans announced that Zion Williamson had a knee injury and would be out for some weeks. Now, Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN reported that the rookie underwent knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee that will sideline him for 6-8 weeks.
Zion Williamson has surgery today to repair torn meniscus in right knee and is expected to miss six to eight weeks, Pels say.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 21, 2019
Williamson could miss up to 25 games with the knee injury and that could hurt his chances of winning the Rookie Of The Year Award. In recent years, only two players have won the award while playing less than 70 games Kyrie Irving (51 games) in 2011-12 season that was shortened due to the NBA lockout and Brandon Roy (57 games) in the 2006-07 season as he missed 20 games due to injury.
Williamson was selected with the first pick overall in the 2019 NBA Draft and there were high expectations for him in his rookie season as he dominated in his freshman year in Duke and in his firsts preseason NBA games. Fans will now have to wait some weeks before watching Williamson again in an NBA court.