Williamson's second season with the Pelicans proved to be a successful one, as the former Duke standout managed to improve his scoring ability along with his defense. The forward posted season averages of 27.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.6 blocks in 33.2 minutes. Williamson played and started in 61 games, as he hit an impressive 61.1 percent from the field, 69.8 percent from the free-throw line and 29.4 percent from beyond the three-point arc. On the year, the 21-year-old scored double-digit points in every game and he even logged 14 double-doubles. One of Williamson's best performances of the season came on May 1 against the Timberwolves, where the forward sniffed a triple-double with 37 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, a steal and a block in a win. The forward recorded plenty of career-bests this season, as he set a career-high 39 points (against Denver on March 26), 15 rebounds (against Philadelphia on April 9) and eight assists (against Philadelphia on April 9). The former first overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft played well defensively, especially on Dec. 27 against the Spurs, where Williamson ended with five steals and a block in 38 minutes. Williamson showcased his offensive rebounding ability throughout the season, finishing the season with 44 games with at least two offensive boards. The second-year rising star led his team in points (27.0) and finished third in rebounds (7.2). Overall, Williamson established himself as an elite scorer in the league this season, with 21 games scoring 30 or more points.2019
In the summer of 2019, Zion Williamson joined the New Orleans Pelicans via the first overall draft pick. After recovering from a torn meniscus, Williamson made his highly-anticipated rookie debut on Jan. 22 against the Spurs. The No. 1 pick was excellent. He recorded 22 points (8-11 FG, 4-4 3Pt, 2-4 FT), seven rebounds and three assists. Two games later, against Boston, the Duke product had his first of two double-digit rebounding efforts, grabbing a career-high 11 boards (seven offensive), plus 21 points (9-16 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-8 FT), two assists and one steal. On Feb. 2, Williamson had his second double-digit rebounding game, totaling 10 boards (five offensive) in addition to 21 points (8-14 FG, 5-7 FT), one assist, one steal and one block. The 6-foot-6 forward posted his first 30-point game Feb. 11 against the Trail Blazers, recording 31 points (10-17 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 11-14 FT), nine rebounds, five assists and one steal in 28 minutes. Williamson scored a career-high 35 points (12-16 FG, 11-13 FT) against the Lakers on Mar. 1, plus had seven rebounds. Before the league went on hiatus due to COVID-19, the rookie averaged 23.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 29.7 minutes per game. When the season resumed July 30 in the Orlando bubble, the Pelicans were one of 22 teams invited to participate. Appearing in five of a possible eight seeding games, Williamson averaged 18.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 20.7 minutes. His best performance in the bubble was Aug. 6 against the Kings, where Williamson recorded 24 points (10-12 FG, 4-7 FT), two rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes. For the season, Williamson appeared and started in 24 of a possible 72 games. In September, Williamson was named to the First Team All-Rookie squad.
June 20, 2019Selected by the Pelicans in the first round (first overall pick) of the 2019 NBA Draft.
July 1, 2019Signed a two-year, $20 million contract with the Pelicans.