Zion Williamson was taken out of Saturday night’s game against the Utah Jazz with a hip contusion. Williamson had already missed the entire 2018-19 season but was cleared to return to full basketball activities this offseason. He has been one of the most highly anticipated players in the NBA. After a stellar start to the season, Williamson scored 25 points against Brooklyn and then had 16 points against Charlotte. But that wasn’t enough to keep his team from losing in overtime.
If Zion Williamson recovers quickly, he could play the entire 82-game season. However, he will be careful to limit his workload and will likely take the occasional night off. While missing a couple of games isn’t a big deal, an extended absence could be damaging. Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum are capable of filling in for Williamson. However, the Pelicans are still counting on him to take them to the next level.
Zion Williamson has been dealing with injuries throughout his young career. When healthy, he has the ability to flat-out score the ball. But on Sunday, he took a nasty fall against the Utah Jazz and suffered a hip contusion. After being blocked by Jordan Clarkson on a dunk attempt, he fell hard. The injury left Williamson lying flat on his back.