4 bold predictions for New Orleans Pelicans entering 2020-21 NBA season

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Zion Williamson Is Named A First-Time All-Star

This should not come as a surprise to a lot of people given how talented of a player Zion Williamson is. In just 24 games last season, Williamson averaged 22.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and shot 58.3% from the floor, 42.9% from three-point range. He scored less than 10 points just once last season and given that he is fully healthy this year, the rest of the league better look out. 

After being drafted #1 overall last year, Zion Williamson was deemed to be a generational-type talent like Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. These types of players only come around “once in a blue moon” and the Pelicans were the lucky team to be able to draft him.

While he is listed as a 6’6” power-forward, Zion Williamson can literally play any position on the court as a result of his humongous frame and extreme athleticism. Zion weighs over 280 lbs and has the speed and agility of some of the league’s best guards. He may be one of the most athletic professional athletes in any sport for his size and he is a complete mismatch for any player in the NBA.

Not only is Zion going to cause headaches for opposing coaching staffs this upcoming season, but he is going to average well above 20 points per game and be the leading scorer on the New Orleans Pelicans in his first full season in the NBA. Not only will he be named to the All-Star team, potentially being in the conversation for one of the top vote getters, but Zion will be the driving force for this year’s Pelicans team to reach their full potential. 

With the way Brandon Ingram played last season, he is an excellent complementary player to Zion Williamson and the two former Duke Blue Devils should be one of the NBA’s best duos for a long-time to come. This is going to be Zion Williamson’s first full season in the NBA and he is going to make the most of it, making the All-Star team and being one of the best big men in the entire league. 

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