There was a time when Zion Williamson was making a push for the Rookie of the Year award, but the version of him we’ve seen during the NBA season restart so far has been disappointing.
And to be fair, it’s probably not his fault, as conditioning has been an issue throughout Williamson’s career so far, but his current form looks to be more injury-related. It’s unclear if it pertains to the knee issues he’s had in the past, but he simply is not moving well, especially on the defensive end of the floor.
That’s probably why he’s played so few minutes, having been put on a restriction by the coaches and medical staff. He’s played just 14 and 15 minutes in the team’s first two games so far, and he’s finding the lack of playing time “very tough,” apparently.
“It’s very tough, to be honest, because as soon as I start to break that sweat, I look over and that horn is for me and I have to come out of the game,” Williamson said, via ESPN.com.
If the Pelicans lose another game — having dropped their first two — they may want to just shot Williamson down for the future. He doesn’t look game-ready, and his future is what matters to the team, not a few meaningless regular-season games.