Zion Williamson hype should be at an all-time high at start of season

Zion Williamson (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Zion Williamson (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /

A tradition unlike any other, it’s time to build up the Zion Williamson hype. 

Get on the Zion Williamson hype train because it’s about to be kicked to an all-time high. When the New Orleans Pelicans report to training camp, Zion is expected to be a full go. That’s not something we’ve said about him since he made the jump to the NBA level.

Because of it, and considering he’s being talked up about being in “fantastic shape,” the hype around Zion will and should be high. Especially considering that he could be a piece on the Pelicans that help them make a big jump up the Western Conference standings.

What are fair expectations for Zion Williamson?

But that leads to a very interesting question, what are fair expectations for Zion? He’s heading into his fourth season in the NBA and while he’s had flashes of brilliance, he hasn’t exactly made the smooth transition to superstar as many predicted he would or could.

That could change this season. If Zion is indeed healthy, we should see the best version of Zion that we’ve ever seen.

The last time Zion was healthy, he was averaging 27 points, seven rebounds, and four assists per game on 61 percent shooting from the field. Even though the Pelicans weren’t a big factor in the West, it was clear that Zion was a force to be reckoned with.

Add that version of Zion to being in his best physical shape this season and we should see an absolute force. Perhaps one that could be an MVP candidate in New Orleans.

This could finally be the season where we see it all come together for the Pelicans. A duo of Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum was enough to carry the Pelicans into the postseason last year. A superstar – and fully healthy – version of Zion should add an element that would make New Orleans a dangerous team, much more than they were last season when they lost to the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the playoffs.

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But it all begins with Zion. If he can remain healthy, the hype around him will be at an all-time high, and rightfully so. You can make an argument that the NBA has never seen a player of his size, athleticism, and dominance since early Shaq.