Zion Williamson sets pre-season rookie scoring record

Zion Williamson continues to do things about Zion Williamson, even in the NBA. Last night, Williamson scored the most pre-season points for a rookie in the past three seasons when he made 12 of 13 field shots for 29 points in a spectacular win in return for the Pelicans. New Orleans on the Chicago Bulls. The No. 1 pick in last year’s draft, Williamson had 16 points at half-time and had 13 in the third quarter before leaving with 3:54 to play in the third quarter.

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry did a lot of what Mike Krzyzewski did with Williamson when the National University player of the year set the basketball world on fire: give him the ball and let him go. do it its magic. Gentry told reporters after the match that they were trying to get the ball to Williamson in space and keep it moving.

“I was not trying to stay still,” Williamson told reporters as he wore a Duke hoodie in the locker room. “Sometimes I find myself standing, if I feel up, I go around and try to find an open place.” Williamson did all his damage directly on the edge, losing only one shot in the basket. After two games, Williamson has 22.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, two interceptions and has shot 69.2% of the shots so far in pre-season. He scored 68% of his shots in a 33-game race with Duke, averaging 22.6 points per game, as well as 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.1 interceptions and 1, 8 blocks per game in 30 minutes of action each time he played on the field.

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With four former Blue Devils on the list with Williamson, Duke fans will be sure to see some highlights in New Orleans this season. He opened the way for the pelicans with 29 points in just 27 minutes, while Jahlil Okafor added 13 points in 18 minutes in 5-5, Frank Jackson had 12 points in 20 minutes in 4-7 (4-4 3Pt) ), Brandon Ingram added nine points in 19 minutes and JJ Redick scored three points in nine minutes.

New Orleans started 2-0 in pre-season and has another three demonstration games before opening the regular season on Oct. 22 against the reigning NBA champion, the Toronto Raptors.