New Orleans Pelicans rookie phenom Zion Williamson has left the Orlando bubble for the NBA’s season restart at Disney World. The Pelicans have confirmed through a press release that Williamson’s departure is due to a family medical emergency and that he intends to rejoin the team at a later date.
Zion Williamson update: pic.twitter.com/eShAPl1gB2
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) July 16, 2020
Williamson, the first-overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft out of Duke University, is widely regarded as a generational player. With a significant portion of his rookie season lost to injury, Zion was making up for lost time with averages of 23.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in his 19 appearances prior to the NBA’s season suspension due to COVID-19.
The New Orleans Pelicans will begin the season restart with a record of 28-36, currently the tenth placed team in the Western Conference. Williamson’s services will be of incredible value as the Pelicans seek to force their way into the eighth-seed, a position currently held by the Memphis Grizzlies, when the NBA season starts back up on July 30th.