The Zion Williamson experience is, in a few words, like walking a tightrope.

Willamson’s blend of power and skill remind you of a Bugatti’s engine put into a Dodge Ram. Few can stop him individually and putting together defensive schemes will only allow the rest of the New Orleans Pelicans to pounce on the resulting opportunities.

Such was the case against the Minnesota Timberwolves, who currently have the best record in the NBA. Williamson was out to atone for his atrocious performance in the In-Season Tournament semifinals, scoring a season-high (and game-high) 36 points and missing only four of his 17 shot attempts. From the jump, the former Duke Blue Devil was feasting in the paint, bullying his way for putbacks, dunks, and layups through contact. For his efforts, he helped the Pelicans take a 121-107 victory over the Wolves.

It’s safe to say that Williamson is unstoppable with a full head of steam, but he has slowly become more patient with his inside scoring. He does utilize some fakes and spin moves, but his subtle nudges and the extra hangtime (that you least expect) have also been effective in helping him find space in areas where there previously weren’t any. All of this is on full display when healthy.

But that’s the thing.

A clean bill of health has evaded Williamson more than he could evade the wrath of Moriah Mills. His seasons usually end when he hits the 20 games played mark, as a leg issue or a foot injury will derail his season. The two-time NBA All-Star’s best season, though, came in 20202-2021, which was when he played in 61 games and averaged career-highs in points per game (27.0), field-goal shooting percentage (61.1), and rebounds per game (7.2).


The challenge for Williamson, has thus been working on ways to stay on the court. His weight has been the subject of discussion and given his style of play, the right weight will prove critical. The 23-year old may not feel it now, but all that bumping, jumping, and dunking will take its toll on his knees. There is some merit to the discussion surrounding Williamson’s weight, but the discourse should be constructive rather than destructive.

All things considered, is there anything we can get from what Williamson has done thus far?

Nothing new, but it will be better to see how Williamson fares over the season. The chemistry he has with his teammates is already evident, but it will all be for naught if they will be playing sans Williamson in April. New Orleans will definitely take a cautious approach, but Williamson needs to buy in and of course, do his part. The NBA season is a marathon and not a sprint so it’s critical for Williamson to look at the bigger picture.

With Zion Williamson, what you see is what you get. But for the most part, what you get is a ton of missed games. You can tell Williamson wants to change the narrative, and the first step in doing so is simply staying on the court.