New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson is planning to consult with team coaches and then put in the hard work as he is determined to use the offseason to work on his body and game. Williamson, the first overall pick of the 2019 NBA draft, didn't disappointed in his rookie season as he is a strong candidate to win the Rookie of the Year award.
In his rookie season, 20-year-old Williamson averaged just over 22 points and six rebounds per game. "I'll talk to my coaches and see what I need to do better from their point of view," Williamson said, as quoted on ESPN.
"Talk to my player development coaches as well, see what I need to do better from their point of view. Just work on every part of my game and work on getting my body where it needs to be." Williamson, who has had his weight listed at 285 pounds, missed some time at the beginning of the season and his weight and conditioning was once again topic of conversation when he arrived to Orlando for the season restart.
"That's a conversation I'll have with my team. We'll sit down, see what they need me to do better, then I can give you a better answer to that," Williamson said, when asked where he felt his body needed to be.
"Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But I'm going to stick to the opinions of the people closest to me and my team and just go from there."
Williams grateful to be able to play the game
Williamson missed the first 43 games of the season and when he made his NBA debut, he was playing on limited minutes.
"There were a few rough patches where I was trying to get a rhythm," Williamson said. "That's part of the game and part of coming back from injury. But you know, I feel like the coaches and training staff handled it very well.
Just to be able to play one minute in an NBA game, I'm grateful for that." The Pelicans failed to make the playoffs but Williamson sees a bright future for the franchise. "I think we still might have some bumps and bruises, but I feel like the chemistry is going to be a lot better," Williamson said.
"If we keep building that and have fun with it, I think we'll be fine. ... I think our future is bright. But we have to put the work in for that. That's all I can say about that."