How do you know if New Orleans Pelicans’ rising superstar Zion Williamson is indeed a really good player? This stat alone will tell you. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Williamson recorded his 20th career 30-point game on Sunday versus the New York Knicks, tying him alongside Hall of Famer Allen Iverson for second fastest to reach this mark over the last 40 seasons.
Zion Williamson recorded his 20th career 30-point game today (76th game), tying Allen Iverson for 2nd-fastest to reach that mark over the last 40 seasons. Only Michael Jordan (55 games) got there faster. pic.twitter.com/IrQrZdEwNl
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 18, 2021
The next target for Williamson is Michael Jordan, who leads this impressive record with 55 games. Williamson is 35 games away so it’s going to be interesting to see if the forward can overtake Jordan in the future. For now, it’s safe to say that Williamson has been having an incredible season for the Pelicans averaging 26.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game. He could and probably will be the future face of the NBA.
Williamson and the Pelicans are aiming to make it to the play-in tournament. They’re currently 11th in the competitive Western Conference standings and can still make a push if they start winning games. The Pelicans have lost three straight games and it doesn’t help that they’ll be facing the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday.
On the bright side, Williamson’s impressive season has been a delight to watch for basketball fans. Aside from this remarkable record, Williamson also achieved a record of scoring 21 straight 20-point games last March—putting him on the same list as LeBron James and Luka Doncic—two phenomenal superstars in the league today.
This is a testament to how talented Williamson is, and how dominant he can be in the next coming years.