Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans (Picture by Sean Gardner/Getty Pictures)
The New Orleans Pelicans’ minuscule playoff hopes are quickly disappearing, however there are nonetheless loads of tales to observe after they tackle the New York Knicks in a Sunday matinee.
I just lately wrote that the Knicks have given the Pelicans a blueprint for fulfillment, as they’re constructing round a flexible, playmaking ahead and used a giant soar in protection to make the leap into the playoffs.
The Knicks are nonetheless not nice, however their rebuild is at present one step forward of the Pelicans’, who’re taking a look at one other yr within the lottery regardless that Zion Williamson is enjoying like an MVP candidate.
Zion will nearly actually make the All-NBA workforce this season but it surely hasn’t been sufficient to undo the workforce’s complete lack of protection and a bench that has been horrible for a lot of the yr.
The Pels aren’t eradicated but, and will nonetheless make a run on the play-in match, however even when they don’t, there are some attention-grabbing tales to observe vs. the Knicks.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Knicks: Zion Williamson and Julius Randle
In my view, Julius Randle and Zion Williamson needs to be one and two within the voting for Most Improved Participant this season.
Randle has the higher general numbers for the season and his workforce is probably going headed to the playoffs, so I’ve no drawback with him successful regardless that Zion has most likely made an even bigger leap as a participant.
This recreation will give Zion Williamson one other probability to point out he at the very least belongs forward of men like Christian Wooden and Michael Porter Jr. whose enchancment has largely come resulting from elevated minutes.
Randle has been one of many large tales of the NBA this season, so I’d love for Zion to place a smackdown on the Knicks as we speak to remind those that he needs to be within the working too.