Williamson (knee) is out for Thursday's finale against the Magic. Williamson's rookie season has unceremoniously come to a close. Overall, despite missing most of the season while recovering from a torn meniscus, Williamson's campaign should be considered a success. In his 27.8 minutes per game, he averaged 22.5 points on 15.0 shots, 6.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists. Williamson will undoubtedly be a high draft pick in fantasy leagues next season, though he needs to improve his passing, free-throw shooting and defense to become a top-flight fantasy contributor.
Williamson is listed as out for Tuesday's game against Sacramento due to a sore right knee. With the Pelicans officially eliminated from postseason contention, this isn't overly surprising -- especially considering both Jrue Holiday (elbow) and Brandon Ingram (knee) will also be held out Tuesday. After that contest, New Orleans has just one more game in the bubble, so it's very possible Williamson could be held out of that contest (Thursday vs. Orlando), as well.
Williamson had 25 points (10-20 FG, 5-6 FT) and seven rebounds in Sunday's loss to San Antonio. The No. 1 overall pick continues to rack up points at a historic rate, but he was rather inefficient -- by his standards -- Sunday, hitting only half of his attempts, all of which came from two-point range. In 27 minutes of action, Williamson was a team-worst minus-21, and he failed to record a block or a steal for the fifth straight game.
Williamson will sit out Friday's game against the Wizards for rest, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. The Pelicans continue to play it safe with Williamson, keeping him out on the second game of a back-to-back. In his absence, we could see more usage funnel to Brandon Ingram, while Jaxson Hayes, Nicolo Melli and JJ Redick could also see more action.
Williamson recorded 24 points (10-12 FG, 4-7 FT), two rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes during Thursday's 140-125 loss to the Pelicans. Williamson has now totaled 47 points, nine rebounds and seven assists across his past 46 minutes of basketball, so he appears to be in good shape. While his rebounding was subpar Thursday, there weren't a lot of opportunities to crash the glass considering the Kings made 53.8 percent of their 93 field goals.
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