Can Zion Williamson keep up in the regular season?

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Can Zion Williamson keep up in the regular season?

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Xander Hernandez-Barrios, Staff Writer

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First NBA Overall Pick Zion Williamson is averaging 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists, and has gone 4-0 with the New Orleans Pelicans. The question is, can he keep it up?

Zion Williamson is dominating the preseason so far and has led the Pelicans to a 4-0 record. Though Williamson was not able to play with the Pelicans at their October 18th game against the New York Knicks due to a torn meniscus, which will cause him to be out for 6-8 weeks, he is already being compared to basketball greats like Shaquille O’neal, LeBron James, and Giannis Antetokounmpo. He has already made an impression during his short time with the NBA, but with his injury, we need to see some things from him when he comes back.

Leadership

Zion Williamson is already being compared to LeBron, and it’s not even the regular season yet. The only MAJOR difference between them though, is that Lebron knows HOW to bring up his teammates throughout the game and LeBron has the IQ and experience of when to do certain things in certain moments. Zion has almost no experience of how a real game goes, and he needs to learn how to lead a team.

Consistency

In order for Zion to be a first scoring option for the Pelicans, he needs to prove that he can be consistent in providing for the team, and in helping out his teammates. In 3 out of his first 4 games he scored above 20 points, which is an amazing start to his career. Zion needs to be reliable in every aspect of the game to BE a leader in the first place. Leadership and consistency are tied together, you cannot be a leader without being consistent in not only scoring, but in helping your teammates.

Zion has tremendous potential, he just needs to work harder than ever and keep working hard, so he can be the next LeBron James, or the next great. The Pelicans are revolving their team around him for whenever he comes back so he needs to be ready.

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