• Ryan Tippett

Zion Williamson Thinks He Would've Won ROY, He's Not Wrong

While it’s highly unlikely that the NBA resumes play at any in 2020, that isn’t stopping Zion from telling the world he wants a crack at rookie of the year. The Pelicans were 3.5 games back from clinching a playoff spot from Ja Morant (the probable ROY) and the Griz. After returning from knee surgery resulting from a torn lateral meniscus, Zion had the Pellies surging. He averaged 23.6 ppg, 6.8 trb and 2.2 apg and seemed like he was gaining more and more confidence with each game. If he played the entire year healthy, he’s the ROY – hands down and it’s not really even that close.

I was admittedly completely wrong about Zion, and sure, it’s only been 19 games into his professional career but you’d have to be an idiot not to see that he’s going to be an issue for the league. The only real question that remains is: will he be able to keep off the weight. We have literally never seen anything quite like Zion, not even Lebron is comparable. He’s 6’6 and 285 with neck rolls like the Pillsbury doughboy. No human being should be able to cut like he does at that weight. His explosion is a part of his game, he has to keep the weight off if he wants to have a lengthy career.

"He's worked for that. He's earned that. I give respect when it's due. I always do," Williamson said. "But, you know, as a competitor, I'm just a competitor. I want to win at everything. I'm not going to say I don't want to win. I want to win at everything. My goal was if I could rally my team into the playoffs, hopefully I could've made a run for it. But it's just God's plan at this point. If Ja wins it, I'll be happy for Ja. He's my brother."

Unfortunately for him, the NBA season is most likely not to resume any time soon. Even though Woj dropped a bomb this week reporting beginning on May 1st the NBA is allowing teams to reopen their facilities, there seemed to be some significant push back from teams – shocking stuff.

Some semblance of hope, only to be snatched away.

The Pellies actually have a solid roster moving forward, and with David Griffin in control it’s fair to say it’s only going to get better. They have young, controllable assets in Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram and Zion. They also have a solid compliment of veteran leadership with J.J. Redick, Jrue Holiday and Derrick Favors. It’s a sneaky good roster that will most likely be a perennial playoff contender with Zion.