Pelicans’ Rookie Zion Williamson “Made Really Good Progress” in His Rehab from Knee Injury

Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1). Photo by Jacob Kupferman/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (10100485ag)

New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson is still recovering from a knee injury that made him miss the first part of the 2019/20 season. But it seems like the No.1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft is one step closer to returning to court.

Williamson was recently seen shooting basketball during the Pelicans’ shootaround on Tuesday, which made the fans think he is ready to make his NBA debut.

They were quickly disappointed by Pelicans’ executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin, who later explained that Williamson hadn’t recovered yet. Still, Griffin revealed that the 19-year-old “made really good progress” in the rehab process.

 “We’re really excited about where he’s at,” said Griffin. “He’s made really good progress. I know we’ve reached the eight-week point, and everyone is ready to see him. I think we’re a little ways away yet, but today was a really big first step.”

Zion Williamson underwent a meniscus surgery in October, which caused him to make a regular-season NBA debut. Williamson previously played four preseason games, during which he averaged 23.3 points and 6.5 rebounds. He was initially projected to miss six to eight weeks recovering from surgery, but it seems like Pelicans will not take risks with their prized asset and are ready to wait as long as necessary.

New Orleans is having a disastrous season so far, sitting at the bottom of Western Conference with 6-22 record. They are currently on a 13-games losing streak.