Zion Williamson Expected to Miss 6-8 Weeks After Knee Surgery

Zion Williamson with Duke Blue Devils in 2019. Photo by Jacob Kupferman/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (10157476ah)

The #1 overall pick of this summer’s NBA Draft will have to wait a little while to make his debut in the league after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Monday.

Zion Williamson, one of the biggest prospects in the history of the league, suffered the injury during the Pelicans’ preseason in a game against the San Antonio Spurs last week.

Coach Alvin Gentry will have to wait until December, at the earliest, to give Williamson his long-awaited debut. The hype only grew this fall after the former Duke Blue Devil averaged 23.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while shooting over 70% from the field during the preseason.

In what might be a bit of a red flag for New Orleans, this is the second time that Williamson has suffered an injury to his right knee. He missed three weeks with a sprain in the same knee in late February and early March while playing at Duke.

Nicolo Melli, a 28-year-old rookie from Italy, is expected to start in Williamson’s place until the much-hyped young stud is able to return to the court.

Fans will simply have to wait another few weeks to see one of the most anticipated debuts in the league’s long history.