Zion's Made His NBA Debut And He Started Off With A Bang
Start writing a post
Sports

Zion's Made His NBA Debut And He Started Off With A Bang

Ever since he was a junior in high school and his viral 360 dunks took over the internet, everyone in the sports world was waiting for Zion Williamson's NBA debut.

10
Zion's Made His NBA Debut And He Started Off With A Bang

Zion Williamson made his NBA debut last night (1/22/20) and made it with a splash, the phenom from Duke was able to score 22 points in just limited action on the court vs the San Antonio Spurs. The effects that Williamson debut has isn't just for himself, not even just his team, New Orleans Pelicans, but the entire NBA. While there may be some reasons why the NBA ratings down, well, just that, ratings are down, but if there is a generational talent like Williamson playing on a night to night basis, then no one will want to miss a single game. We are already seeing this out of Ja Maront of the Memphis Grizzlies who is turning into a superstar game by game.

Pre-game hype

@pelicansnba

Everyone was hoping that, before the game, ESPN (who was broadcasting Williamson's debut) would show some live shots of phenoms pre-game routine. The only issue with that is the Philadelphia 76ers vs Toronto Raptors game that was on beforehand ran long, so the only images we could get of Williamson warming up, would be when ESPN would cut in/out of commercial break during the game. Once the game was over, ESPN immediately cut from their current game and went to the Pelicans warming up, prior to a quick studio pre-game update. Even as the pre-game images were rushing in, ESPN's Adam Amin made a comment about the nerves that Williamson was feeling as he was partaking in the Pelicans shoot around. As the final commercial break came to a close, the stage was set, Zion Williamson was announced to be in the starting line-up for the New Orleans Pelicans, and was set to make his NBA debut.

More that meets the eye

@pelicansnba

While the number one storyline for this game is that superstar in the making Zion Williamson was making his NBA debut, there was more than just that one. For this game, the New Orleans Pelicans were playing the San Antonio Spurs. Both teams are less than four games out of playoff spot, and the Pelicans had won 11 out of their last 15 games and were still in contention ever after a 13 game losing streak earlier in the season. The San Antonio Spurs were in a tight battle for the 8th and final playoff spot with the Memphis Grizzlies, and the Spurs, coached by Gregg Popovich, are always one of the best coached teams in basketball. But, ever since their key pieces like Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobili, the Spurs have taken a "fall from grace."

Then everything changed

NBA on TNT

@nbaontnt

After the first tip, New Orleans Pelicans were trying to get Zion the ball, and every time he touched the ball the sellout Smoothie King Center crowd would erupt. I mean, for a stadium that averaged a little over 16,000 fans in 2018-2019, anything they can do sellout their stadium they will do. After Nickiel Alexander-Walker went for a short jumper that missed, Williamson got the rebound and exploded up to put the ball off the backboard and make his first NBA bucket. Williamson didn't stop there. Pelicans' head coach, Alvin Gentry, made it clear pregame that Williamson would play in spurts that would let him get some experience but also keep him lose and fresh. But, in the 4th quarter, everything changed. After Lonzo Ball drove to the basket, he made a push pass out to Williamson, who took the three-pointer and made it with ease, to the delight of the Pelican crowd in attendance. Then on transition, Ball would find Williamson would again sink another three and another and another. During a three minute stretch, Williamson would make 4 straight three pointers. As the game came to a close, the Pelicans ultimately fell short in beating the Spurs 121-117, but Zion Williamson made his impact known throughout the NBA world.

Moving forward

@zionwilliamson

There hasn't been an NBA debut this anticipated since some guy named LeBron James made his debut for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Williamson finished, tied with most team points scored in the game with teammate Brandon Ingram, with 22. Prior to the game on Fan Duel, the over/under for points scored by Williamson was at 13, prior to his late game surge, it appeared that may not even reach 10. Williamson also only played 18 minutes in the game - the least amount for any Pelicans player with double-digit points scored in the game. Moving forward with this game, Williamson may not get to touch 30 minutes of playing time this season, but if he can develop his game this season, and find a way to stay healthy. Then we have a superstar in the making for the next 15 years.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

How to Relax at the End of a Long Day

It's easy to take work home at the end of the day, however much you might not want to. Jobs can be stressful, and it's all too easy to let the stresses of work sneak into your relaxing time. There are lots of reasons this is easy to do, but there are several ways you can reduce stress from work, increasing your overall levels of happiness.

2713

It's easy to take work home at the end of the day, however much you might not want to. Jobs can be stressful, and it's all too easy to let the stresses of work sneak into your relaxing time. There are lots of reasons this is easy to do, but there are several ways you can reduce stress from work, increasing your overall levels of happiness.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Ten Duo Halloween Costume Ideas

Whether it be with your boyfriend/girlfriend or best friend, coming up with a group costume can be hard.

10095
allthingssupplychain.org

Let's face it. We've all, at one point or another, have struggled with finding a perfect group costume. I've come up with 10 duo costume ideas for halloween this year.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Haunted Houses For Halloween In New Jersey

The Top Scariest Haunted Houses In New Jersey

57885

Residing in New Jersey enables you to participate in various activities, and everyone has a favorite. In New Jersey, Halloween is also celebrated in a spooky way. There are many scariest haunted houses in NJ to celebrate Halloween. If you want to confront your greatest fears, Halloween Scariest haunted houses are ideal.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Leaving My Backpack In The Library

Views about society and the stranger sitting right across from me

88983
https://unsplash.com/photos/O0T1SIgHAfM

As a college student, my backpack is an extension of myself in many ways. It contains my notes, pens, and computer vital for my success in college. It contains the snacks and water bottle I need to survive long days on campus. It also contains the "in-case" items that help put my mind at rest if I forgot something from home: extra hair ties, masks, and that backup-backup snack. With so much in my backpack important to me and my life on campus, it is no wonder that I can get apprehensive about it when it is not with me or in my line of sight. And that makes me wonder.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

5 Cool Gadgets To Make Your Car Smart

Don't let this stop you from making your car smart. You can change the one you have using smart gadgets that transform your car into a smart car.

132307

Cars are no longer just a mode of transport, where you only worry about the engine and how beautiful its interior is. These days, everyone wants to make their cars smarter, those with advanced technology systems. It makes sense for several reasons. It can make your vehicle more efficient and safer when you need to drive.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments