Knee Surgery Will Delay Williamson’s NBA Debut

NBA fans will have to wait for the debut of the league’s most prized rookie, Zion Williamson. The New Orleans star will miss six to eight weeks after having undergone surgery to repair a torn meniscus in this right knee.

New Orleans head coach Alvin Gentry said that Williamson was injured in the Pelicans Oct. 13 game with San Antonio. Williamson recorded his only double-double of the preseason against the Spurs finishing with 22 points and 10 rebounds. The No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft did not travel with his team for their final preseason game in New York against the Knicks.

The six to eight weeks that Williamson will miss translates into about 25 to 30 games. If he is fortunate enough to return after six weeks, Williamson could miss as few as 20 games. If the rehabilitation period is closer to eight weeks, it is possible that the former Duke star misses 28 games. Williamson will miss the return of Anthony Davis to New Orleans but should be ready for the Pelicans Christmas Day game in Denver.

Williamson averaged 23.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game for the preseason. He played in four of the Pelicans preseason games and shot an amazing 71.4 percent from the floor.

With Williamson out of the lineup, Gentry will put Brandon Ingram into his spot. Lonzo Ball, Jrue Holiday, and J.J. Redick will man the backcourt and Derrick Favors will start at center. The Pelicans open the 2019-20 season on Tuesday night when play at defending NBA champion Toronto.

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