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Zion Williamson plays first NBA game at Fieldhouse on Saturday

The Pelicans top pick returns to the scene where he first forced folks to take notice.

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Rookie Zion Williamson, the top pick in the last NBA draft, makes his professional debut at the Fieldhouse on Saturday night when his Pelicans face the Pacers.

The Fieldhouse is where Zion’s status as a top pick took root last year when he made his college debut in Indy and absolutely electrified the joint while stunning Kentucky. Prior to that game, Zion was a consensus top 5 or top 3 pick with teammate R.J. Barrett considered the better prospect. That all quickly changed when Zion showed out, exposing his athleticism and brute force that was too much to handle.

Barrett was incredible against Kentucky, scoring 33 points...but Zion was something else.

After his pro debut was delayed by injury, Zion is now showing his game works well on the NBA level. He has now played eight games as he builds up his minutes and game legs. While averaging just shy of 27 minutes per game, Zion is putting up almost 20 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. And the fun just begins when he jumps off the ground.

Just last night, Zion rose up over our old friend, Thaddeus Young to finish with ease on a lob while taking the elevator to the rim a floor or two higher than Thad was able to defend.

The man is a fun problem to watch.

You can buy tickets for the Pelicans game from StubHub here.

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