Rookie Zion Williamson to miss first two months of season

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft will miss at least part of the season. Zion Williamson – who was drafted by the New Orleans Pelicans – had arthroscopic surgery on Monday.

As a result of his surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee, he is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks. This is a tough blow for the Pelicans.

Zion Williamson, the first pick in the 2019 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Pelicans, talks to the media during the draft
Zion Williamson talks to the media during the 2019 NBA Draft (Getty Images)

He will miss approximately 30 games of the season due to the injury. Williamson will be back to the lineup sometime in December or January 2020.

Without Williamson in the lineup, the team will have to rely on Brandon Ingram, Derrick Favors, and Nicolò Melli to pick up the slack that will be missed from the freak athlete.

The South Carolina native was expected to be the team’s starting power forward. Instead, due to the injury, Favors may start as the team’s starting power forward.

The team’s starting lineup is expected to be Lonzo Ball (point guard), Jrue Holiday (shooting guard), Ingram (small forward), Favors (power forward), and Jahlil Okafor (center) until Williamson returns.

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