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‘Shaquille O’Meal’: Zion Williamson destroyed by fans as latest video shows massive weight gain

In 2019, the New Orleans Pelicans selected Zion Williamson as their first pick. As always, big things are expected from the No. 1 picks. And Zion Williamson was expected to be up and running. But it was No. 2 pick Ja Morant who won Rookie of the Year.

While most scouts predicted Williamson would be the first overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, a few raised concerns about his weight. But most people thought Williamson was already ready for the NBA because of his physical prowess.

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Sion has missed the 2021-22 season so far with a right foot injury. As he recovers well, a video of Zion doing a 360 dunk has been shared. It was during the Pelicans’ pre-game training ahead of their play-off against Spurs. And it was a topic of discussion on Twitter as fans began to follow Zion’s massive weight gain during his recovery.

Zion Williamson’s career so far

Zion Williamson rose to fame during his school days in Spartanburg. Basketball fans need no introduction to Zion’s unreal high school mixtape.

Next, Zion opted to go to Duke, to play for Coach K. In his only season for Duke, Zion averaged 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage was also phenomenal, showing just how effective he can be. He was an All-American and also received the prestigious John Wooden Award.

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After being drafted by the Pelicans, Zion missed the first three months of his rookie season with a right knee injury. He was only available for 24 games that season. But he averaged 22.5 points in 27.8 minutes per game which showed his huge potential.

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December 25, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) shoots the ball over Miami Heat center Meyers Leonard (0) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove – USA TODAY Sports

During the 2020-21 season, Zion played 61 games. He averaged 27 points and 7.2 rebounds in 33.2 minutes per game. It looked like Zion was becoming the star the Pelicans always expected him to be. He was also selected for the All-Star Game that season. But the foot injury has hampered his development causing him to miss the entire 2021-22 season so far.

The return of Zion Williamson

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Some fans fear Zion Williamson could end up like Greg Oden, who was also a No. 1 pick. But Zion is making good progress in his recovery. And, he started participating in scrimmages recently. The Pelicans will face the Clippers on Friday for the 8th seed. If the Pelicans reach the playoffs, Pelicans fans will be hoping Zion Williamson can make a return for the first round. Although it has not yet been ruled out, it seems unlikely.

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