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Western Southwest Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
56-26 7-3 L1
52-30 8-2 W4
36-46 6-4 L2
34-48 6-4 L3
20-62 2-8 L7

Top Zion Williamson News

  • Pelicans' Zion Williamson: Cleared for basketball activities

    Williamson (foot) was cleared Thursday to return to full basketball activities, Andrew Lopez of ESPN.com reports.

    After a long string of moved-back timelines and false starts, Williamson is finally healthy enough to resume playing basketball. He missed the entire 2021-22 campaign after breaking his foot in the offseason and revealing dealing training camp that he underwent surgery. It was initially believed that he could be ready for the start of the regular season, and things only got worse from there. He should enter next year fully healthy with an entire offseason to get back in shape and improve his skill. During his sophomore campaign, Williamson averaged 27.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists while looking like one of the league's most dominant offensive forces in the paint. New Orleans is featuring a revamped cast around him, including the trade-deadline acquisition of CJ McCollum.

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  • Pelicans' Zion Williamson: Postseason return uncertain

    Williamson (foot) is listed as out Sunday for Game 1 of the Pelicans' first-round series with the Suns and is uncertain to play at any point during New Orleans' postseason run.

    Though Williamson resumed taking part in 1-on-1 drills at practice in late March and has recently unleashed some highlight-reel dunks that would suggest he's regained his explosiveness from offseason right foot surgery, the Pelicans have yet to put forth any sort of timeline for the 2019 No. 1 overall pick to make his 2021-22 debut. At this point, Williamson seems more likely than not to remain out for the entire first-round series with Phoenix, and perhaps additional contests beyond that should the eighth-seeded Pelicans upset the heavily favored Suns.

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  • Pelicans' Zion Williamson: Playing 1-on-1 with coaches

    Pelicans head coach Willie Green said Wednesday that Williamson (foot) has been cleared for 1-on-1 work, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.

    Guillory relays that Williamson was spotted practicing with former NBA player and current player development coach Corey Brewer off to the side of Wednesday's practice. For basically the entire season, the 2019 No. 1 overall pick's status has been clouded by uncertainty, so it's a positive sign to see him back at practice and around the team facilities. On Tuesday, Williamson posted a video to his personal Instagram account of him throwing down an off-the-backboard, between-the-legs dunk, so based on that evidence, his surgically repaired foot looks to be doing well. However, Williamson still isn't expected to play for the remainder of this season. The hope is that he's back at full strength to begin the 2022-23 campaign.

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  • Pelicans' Zion Williamson: Not expected to play this season

    Williamson (foot) is progressing toward on-court work, but the Pelicans aren't expecting him to return to game action this season, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    For virtually the entire season, the Pelicans have mostly played it coy with the situation, but with only a handful of games remaining, it's become clear that Williamson won't make it back before the end of the campaign. While Williamson was cleared for some basketball activities earlier in March, he's thus far been limited to stationary shooting drills and hasn't advanced to any contact work. Williamson's absence has been one of the biggest storylines of the fantasy season, but in the end he'll conclude his third year in the league failing to play in a single contest. The hope is that Williamson's surgically repaired foot is back to 100 percent to begin the 2022-23 season, when he'll face serious questions about his durability and risk versus reward in season-long fantasy leagues.

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  • Pelicans' Zion Williamson: Cleared for basketball activities

    Williamson (foot) is returning to New Orleans on Saturday and has been cleared to participate in basketball activities, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    Williamson had been spending time in Portland recently for rehab on his foot, but he's shown improvement recently and has been gradually progressing in the intensity of his activities. It's not yet clear when the Duke product will be in the mix to return to game action, but it's possible that he could return to the court late in the regular season or during the postseason if the Pelicans clinch a playoff spot.

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  • Pelicans' Zion Williamson: Progressing in rehab

    The Pelicans announced in a statement Wednesday that Williamson (foot) has shown improved healing and will gradually progress to full-weight bearing exercise and basketball activity, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    The meaningful part of the update is that Williamson appears to have avoided the need for a second surgery on his foot, which had still been on the table as of mid-February. While the news is generally positive, the report implies that Williamson currently isn't participating in full weight-bearing activities, which doesn't bode well for his chances of advancing through the necessary steps in his rehab program to gain clearance to play before the regular season ends in a month and a half. At some point, an attempt to get Williamson on the court probably doesn't make sense for the Pelicans from a risk/reward standpoint. Until something more concrete comes forth regarding Williamson's activity level, fantasy managers should be pessimistic about his chances of suiting up before the end of the fantasy season.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-6, 284 lbs
Birthplace: Salisbury, NC
Age: 21
School: Duke
Experience: 2