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New Orleans Pelicans: Pels take Zion Williamson with the first overall pick

Let the Zion era begin in New Orleans!

After trading away Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday, the New Orleans Pelicans have entered a new era in their franchise history. As expected, the Pelicans selected rising star, Zion Williamson, with the first overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. As a member of the Duke Blue Devils, Williamson dominated at the collegiate level averaging 22.6 points and 8.6 rebounds, while helping the Blue Devils advance to the Elite 8.

Combined with his size, strength, speed, and skills, Williamson comes to the Big Easy as the centerpiece for the new-look and rebuilding Pelicans. Unlike most rookies drafted high in the lottery, Williamson could not ask for a better situation to begin his NBA career.

In a deal received by the Lakers, it is safe to say that Williamson will be joining a mini Big 3 in New Orleans playing alongside, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball. Together, this trio of young stars maybe enough to help the Pelicans capture the eight seed of the playoffs during the 2019-20 NBA season. Following Williamson selection, his former AAU teammate, Ja Morant went second to the Memphis Grizzlies, and swingman RJ Barrett went third to the New York Knicks.

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