Zion Williamson Leading the New Orleans Pelicans to Playoffs in the 2023-24 NBA Season

Little is being said about it, but it is undoubtedly one of the big news of the 2023-24 NBA season. Zion Williamson, after accumulating only 29 games played in two campaigns (2021-22 and 2022-23), is in top shape and showing that he can lead a great team; And in the jungle that is the Western Conference, the Pelicans are on their way to being a direct playoff team after winning 8 of their last 10 games.

Last night, visiting Brooklyn, Zion resolved quickly with 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in 33 minutes; and what is more important, he once again made it clear that he is in spectacular shape with actions like this one in which he completes an alley-oop in a brutal way. Yes, it seems that the time has come to enjoy Williamson to the fullest extent of him.

With last night’s 91-104 victory against the Nets, the Louisiana team took a 42-28 record, which ensures they conclude with a positive balance for the second consecutive year. It is not just any data, since they have not done it since 2009, when they were still known as the Hornets…

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«We are trying to build starting from the base. That starts with all the people we bring to our hall who contribute to a healthy program, people of great character who bring a lot of energy and who work hard from the first to the last. That’s the program we’re trying to build: it’s a sustainable winning culture and we seem to be on a good trend right now,” says Pelicans coach Willie Green.

The thing is, Zion is far from alone. Brandon Ingram continues to be a game channeler, CJ McCollum a constant threat and from the bench they also have plenty of physicality and points with players like Larry Nance Jr. and Trey Murphy III.

Some Nets with their arms lowered

That’s how it is. If at the beginning of the campaign there was a certain hope of having a good season, this one has fallen like a house of cards until there is practically nothing left of that. Without going any further, last night they barely lasted in the fight when they were down 20 points in the second quarter… The team’s coach, Kevin Ollie, admits that they were clearly surpassed. «They made the shots. Our mistakes helped Zion get out in transition and that’s how we dealt with it, but we couldn’t stop those transitions,” he explains.

Individually, Cam Thomas was the best on the team by reaching 25 points, while Mikal Bridges did not exceed 15 points.

(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

2024-03-20 07:00:00
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