Though it took three quarters for him to get going, Zion Williamson didn’t disappoint in his NBA debut on Wednesday night.
Williamson dropped 22 points, seven rebounds and three assists in the New Orleans Pelicans’ 121-117 loss to the San Antonio Spurs at the Smoothie King Center, marking his first game in the league. It was his late run, however, that basketball fans everywhere went crazy for.
Williamson recorded 17 straight points in just 3:08 in the fourth quarter, and looked nearly unstoppable.
After being forced to wait months to see the No. 1 overall draft pick make his debut, it only made sense that fans flocked to social media when he went off.
zion got the infinity gems glowing— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) January 23, 2020
lmao I hope this trends every game Zion is in pic.twitter.com/LoCUeBYsj1— Hector Diaz (@iamHectorDiaz) January 23, 2020
everyone gonna be taking naps on the bench now after that Zion sequence— Zion Wobinson (@WorldWideWob) January 23, 2020
Everyone who had a negative Zion take in the first half. pic.twitter.com/cpoaYMAqC1— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) January 23, 2020
So Pels been saying they were going to play Zion in energy bursts and evaluate him during those bursts... well the evaluation of that burst was pic.twitter.com/DvXayEiYvd— Cassidy Hubbarth (@CassidyHubbarth) January 23, 2020
A recap of Zion's NBA debut pic.twitter.com/VOapzx4jSR— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) January 23, 2020
After sleeping through the first three quarters, Zion did this thing in the fourth ... pic.twitter.com/hzcVUg0XJV— Ira Schoffel (@IraSchoffel) January 23, 2020
Summary of Zion’s debut: pic.twitter.com/F7J2HsGDU5— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 23, 2020
When you change the channel because Zion’s not doing cool stuff, then Zion does cool stuff. pic.twitter.com/WzrCW8B2Rd— Caroline Deisley (@cmdeisley14) January 23, 2020
Many weren’t happy when Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry subbed Williamson out of the game, either.
New Orleans and NBA Twitter going in on Alvin Gentry after taking Zion out the game pic.twitter.com/BUyfBFf0Tx— S. Johnson (@StevieJ_ROC) January 23, 2020
DO NOT TAKE ZION OUT OR WE RIOT— harry (@harrylylesjr) January 23, 2020
Alvin Gentry put Zion on the BENCH?!?! pic.twitter.com/Wrv18FvvSJ— Hobie Artigue (@HobieFOX9) January 23, 2020
me if Alvin Gentry doesn’t put Zion back in pic.twitter.com/KWuVLOK3hs— #RingerNBA (@ringernba) January 23, 2020
The Williamson era in New Orleans, it seems, is back on track.
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