Zion Williamson from the New Orleans Pelicans had a stellar weekend, scoring 39 points against the Nuggets on Friday and 38 points against the Mavericks on Saturday. Saturday’s match would become his 23rd straight game with at least 20 points and a 50% field goal percentage.
Zion Williamson's last 2 games:— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) March 29, 2021
💥 39 POINTS on 16-19 FGM 💥
💥 38 POINTS on 13-20 FGM 💥
NOP/BOS, 7:30pm/et, NBA TV pic.twitter.com/odLPwkeOju
Looking at the shot plots above, I bet you’re thinking to yourself, “Man, this guy never takes a shot.” Well, you are technically correct, but if you watch his latest highlights against the Mavericks, the stats don’t do it justice.
On Saturday, Williamson took control of the Pelicans’ offense down the stretch and led them to a win. He scored or assisted on New Orleans’ final 14 points of the game and is flourishing in the point forward role given to him by head coach Stan Van Gundy. During the match, Zion was 13 of 20 from the field, got to the foul line 18 times, made 12, and had five rebounds and six assists in 38 minutes.
Over the past two months, the Pelicans have increasingly played through him to begin possessions, and they have reaped the rewards. Over their past 25 games, they are averaging an NBA-most 120.1 points per 100 possessions. The next-closest team, the Denver Nuggets, averaging 118.8 points per 100 possessions.
Point Zion is here to stay, and if he keeps putting up these numbers throughout his career, he’s a lock for the Hall of Fame and continues to be one of the most unique players to hit the NBA floor.
Catch you Thursday.