It’s not a secret that Zion Williamson is expected to do great things in the NBA, even if he’s entering his first season in the league. Zion is seen as a generational talent and sometimes the expectation makes people believe he needs to achieve some things at a certain age otherwise he’s not as good as everybody thinks.
We’ve seen highly praised rookies becoming All-Stars during their very first season in the league, and that’s exactly what a group of fans expect Zion to do this upcoming campaign.
However, not everybody is sold on the idea of the former Duke player making it to the All-Star game that easy. One of those is Magic Johnson, who recently explained why the New Orleans Pelicans rookie won’t become an All-Star yet.
During Friday’s edition of ESPN’s First Take, Johnson explained:
“I don’t think he’s going to be an All-Star this season,” Johnson said. “I think he’s going to go through a learning curve because now he’s going to run up to guys just as big as him, just as athletic as him, and not afraid of him. But, I think he’s going to have a fantastic season, and the Pelicans will be one of the most entertaining teams in all the basketball because now you put all Jrue Holiday with Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram. Those guys are gonna be running and gunning and they got a good coach.”
Just like Magic said, perhaps this season will help Zion to adapt to the league and get ready to become the huge star he’s expected to be. The Pelicans have a very interesting group of players and Zion’s help will be needed if they want to make some noise next season.