Remember Zion Williamson? If I asked that question a year ago you wouldn’t have had a chance to forget. The kid was everywhere. But fast forward to now and instead of being a draw like the NBA expected, his Pelicans have been snooze-fest. That may be about to change as Williamson’s return approaches. And it could provide just the boost the league needs. As for all the talk about falling television ratings, there really are some simple explanations. LeBron James plays late, the Warriors are no longer great, KD is yet to suit up for BK and New Orleans has been in primetime a bunch without the reason they were scheduled in the first place. If Zion can approach what he did in the preseason, where he shot over 70% from the field and looked like a man amongst boys, despite playing against pros at 19-years-old, then the hype will return faster than he left Duke (even if he says he actually wanted to stay). And somehow, he’ll make his return to a Pels team that is currently just a few games out of the eighth seed. Of course, the key factor for the explosive number one pick (just ask his shoes) who is reminiscent of Shaquille O’Neal meets Draymond Green is whether he can stay healthy. If so, it will certainly be a shot in the arm for the overall health of the league. Because somehow, despite all the coverage that came before, it feels like we’re all sleeping on Zion.
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