Most of the recent headlines about Zion Williamson of theNew Orleans Pelicanshave been decidedly negative.
But all the bad press doesn t change the fact that Williamson is a supremely talented star when he s healthy.
StatMuse highlighted a very impressive fact.
Williamson is the only player to ever average 25+ points per game on a 60+ field goal percentage.
Players to average 25+ PPG on 60+ FG% all-time:
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For fans of the Pelicans, this is proof that he s a sensational, generational talent.
But those same fans are left grappling with the fact that Williamson just can t seem to stay healthy.
No one is denying Williamson s greatness.
After missing all of the 2021-22 season, Williamson burst back into the league with an average of 26 points, 7 rebounds, and 4.6 assists a game.
And, yes, he did that with a 60.8% field goal percentage.
Partly because of Williamson s dominance, the Pelicans were having one of their best seasons in years.
But when he was again injured in January, the Pels fell apart and their chances of postseason greatness dwindled and then completely disappeared.
Williamson has inspired and frustrated his fans for years.
It s gotten to the point where some loyal Pelicans followers are demanding he is traded, despite his immense talent.
They have believed in Williamson for years but they are tired of seeing him repeatedly held back by injuries.
It might be time to let Williamson go, they argue.
If the front office decides to do that, they can point to statistics like the one above when they are convincing other teams to take him.
Even with all of his injuries, Williamson is still a player unlike any other.