New Orleans Pelicans star forward Zion Williamson reached a milestone against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night, playing in his 100th career NBA game. Williamson had an interesting start to his career. He entered the league as one of the most hyped prospects in recent memory.when he was on the floor for New Orleans. The 2,524 career points he has scored so far is the most in a player’s first 100 games since Michael Jordan.
However, he also worries about injury issues. Williamson only played 24 games during his rookie campaign due to knee surgery, and last season he missed all of last season with a foot injury. That’s why it took him a month in his fourth season to hit the 100 game mark. After the Pelicans’ 105–101 victory over Oklahoma City, Williamson reflected on his career, what reaching triple figures in games played meant to him, and why he was optimistic about the future in New Orleans.
“I didn’t even think about it,” Williamson said of 100 games through nola.com. “But this is an important milestone. I have three coaches. This is the first year that the dressing room looks about the same from the players’ point of view. What I can take away from this is that I am surrounded by constant people. currently.
“We have a dedicated team,” he added. “We have a lot of great players on the team.”
While Williamson would have preferred a completely healthy start to his career, he credits the adversity he has already faced with helping him grow both on and off the court.
“It’s been a long journey,” Williamson said. “Would I like the journey to be like this? Absolutely not. I wish I could play every game. In the end, I’m still grateful that I got through it. spiritually and just growing like a man.”
Williamson has quickly developed into one of the most energetic and exciting players in the entire NBA, and the Pelicans seem to be heading in the right direction. Having made the playoffs without Williamson last season, the team will look to take another step forward this season and so far so good. Twenty games into the season, the Pelicans are third in the Western Conference with a 12-8 record. So as long as Williamson can stay healthy and get on the court, there is real reason for optimism in New Orleans.