Zion Williamson's National Basketball Association debut finally has a date

Pelicans Zion Williamson

Pelicans Zion Williamson

New Orleans Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin said Zion Williamson is expected to make his long-awaited season debut at home on January 22 against the San Antonio Spurs, according to ESPN's Andrew Lopez. Williamson is nearing a return.

The anticipation of his return has grown as Williamson has been seen traveling with the Pelicans on the road. Now, Griffin believes, Williamson is even healthier than he was then.

Williamson averaged 23.3 points, 6.5 rebounds shooting 71.4% from the field in 27.3 minutes per game in the preseason. Williamson has said that he can not pinpoint when exactly the injury happened but began to experience discomfort following that contest against the Spurs on October 13.

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Williamson's debut will be at home two days later. The Pelicans now sit second-to-last in the Western Conference at a record of 15-26, however (much like the Eastern Conference), they're technically only four games back from a playoff spot. The Pelicans are 15-26 but only sit four games out of the final seed in the Western Conference.

New Orleans has the fifth-best record in the league since December 23rd and find themselves just 4.0 games out of the last remaining playoff spot with half their season remaining.

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