Zion Williamson’s National Basketball Association highlight reel begins with dunking debut

Oct 5 2019 New Orleans LA USA New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry talks with forward Zion Williamson during a open practice at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 5 2019 New Orleans LA USA New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry talks with forward Zion Williamson during a open practice at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Zo-Zion show is officially underway in New Orleans, and the young duo did not disappoint in their first game together.

Zion Williamson described his National Basketball Association debut as "a lot of fun" after he produced one of his customary dunks in the New Orleans Pelicans' preseason win over the Atlanta Hawks.

Williamson's first big highlight came just under two minutes in when he grabbed the ball in the Atlanta Hawks end and drove to the basket where he slammed a one-handed dunk. And Williamson's debut scheduling wasn't an accident.

After taking a 34-29 lead after the first quarter, the Pelicans blew the game open with a 46-point second quarter and never looked back, leading by as many as 29 points. "We are not doing that".

Just a couple minutes later, Lonzo Ball found Williamson on the fast-break and the Duke-product did what he does best, flushing it home with two hands. Considering most of Zion's high-flying dunks will come in transition, he and Ball will be flawless together.

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The Pelicans may have shipped Anthony Davis off to the Lakers to play with LeBron James, but they now have one of the league's No. 1 attractions again in Williamson.

He continued: "I know that it's inevitable that that's going to be the case, but we are not drinking that Kool-Aid".

"It was everything I expected", Pierce said.

Williamson finished the night with 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.

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