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Zion Williamson impresses on anticipated NBA debut

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New Orleans Pelicans Forward Zion Williamson makes impressive NBA debut

Zion Williamson made his highly anticipated NBA debut on Wednesday night for the New Orleans Pelicans. The 19 year old impressing despite the 121-117 loss to San Antonio Spurs.

The 6 foot 6 forward came alive in the 4th quarter making 17 straight points in three minutes. Williamson braking the Pelicans’ record for the most points by a rookie on debut. The record was previously held by Anthony Davis who left for Los Angeles Lakers last summer.

Williamson made 22 points in total during the game making him joint top scorer for the Pelicans with Brandon Ingram, Zion only playing 18 minutes in total making his debut even more impressive.

Zion quoted after the game “It was everything I dreamed of, except for the losing part. The energy the crowd brought, it was electric. It was a dream come true to finally get out there but at the end of the day I did want to win so I’ll look to the next game.”

The Pelicans currently sit 12th in the Western Conference with playoffs still a possibility. If Williamson continues to play as he did on his debut the playoffs may be attainable for the Pelicans.

Williamson’s odds to win rookie of the year were slashed from 12/1 before the game to as low as 6/1 with some bookmakers after the game. Number two draft pick Ja Morant currently remains favourite for rookie of the year with current odds of 1/5.

Jacob graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Reading. An avid footballer, he spent time under the FAW academy programme as well as Cardiff Corinthians. Later going on to play for his university and Wellington United whilst residing in New Zealand. He currently resides between Montreal and Bath. You can contact him at jake@sportingferret.com

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