The New Orleans Pelicans have really struggled this season, dealing with major injury issues. Most notably, their star forward Zion Williamson has missed the entire season to this point, recovering from a broken foot.
As the team takes things slow with Williamson, he is set to have another set of scans done in the coming weeks to get a pulse check on when he could return to the court healthy.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst recently gave an update on Williamson, talking about how hard he is working to get back to helping the Pelicans win games. However, he mentioned that Williamson is still “weeks away” from getting back into full practices.
With that in mind, Williamson may not be returning to game action until late December or early in 2022. He’ll need time in practice getting back in game shape and mesh with his teammates before being thrown back into games.
Already in his third NBA season, Williamson has only played in 85 games, but has averaged 25.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists per contest.
The Pelicans have the second worst record in the entire NBA at 2-12, meaning this season may already be lost. As good as Williamson is, he likely won’t be able to turn this team around to the point where they’re in the hunt for the playoffs.