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New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft, has made a major impact since missing the first 44 games of the season with a knee injury. The star forward is averaging 19.6 points and eight rebounds on 55 percent shooting in that span.

Unfortunately for New Orleans, the injury bug has popped up once again surrounding Williamson. The team added him to its injury report ahead of Thursday’s game against the Chicago Bulls.

Williamson is listed as questionable with a sprained right toe. While this seems minor in the grand scheme of things, an injury of any ilk to a player in Williamson who has suffered through multiple injuries over the past calendar year can’t be seen as a good thing.

New Orleans currently finds itself at 20-31 on the season and on the brink of falling completely out of the Western Conference playoff race. The one saving grace for this team has been Williamson’s return from injury. The hope is that it is indeed just a minor toe sprain.

This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.


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24.3 / SA / 89-90 / #50
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Ron Harper
22.5 / LAC / 10-11 / #32
Blake Griffin
22.0 / GSW / 88-89 / #23
Mitch Richmond
21.9 / MIL / 94-95 / #13
Glenn Robinson
21.7 / NYK / 79-80 / #25
Bill Cartwright
21.6 / DET / 81-82 / #7
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21.4 / DAL / 81-82 / #31
Jay Vincent
21.3 / BOS / 79-80 / #33
Larry Bird
21.2 / DAL / 18-19 / #77
Luka Dončić
21.1 / SA / 97-98 / #21
Tim Duncan
21.0 / DEN / 03-04 / #15
Carmelo Anthony
21.0 / CHA / 92-93 / #33
Alonzo Mourning
21.0 / HOU / 83-84 / #50
Ralph Sampson
20.9 / CLE / 03-04 / #23
LeBron James
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Darrell Griffith
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Hakeem Olajuwon
20.5 / UTAH / 17-18 / #45
Donovan Mitchell
20.3 / SEA / 07-08 / #35
Kevin Durant
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