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Pelicans Had No Choice But to Sit Zion Williamson for Rest of Summer League

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JULY 05:  Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans walks on the court during a game against the New York Knicks during the 2019 NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 5, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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After a monstrous debut in the NBA Summer League, New Orleans Pelicans No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson will be held out for the rest of the games due to a bruised left knee.

While the Summer League could help Zion get a better grasp of what the NBA game will be like, no one should be surprised that New Orleans is proceeding with caution here.

Not only is Zion considered by many to be the best prospect entering the NBA since LeBron James, his explosiveness has been on display since his days in high school -- throwing down windmill dunks and lighting the social media world on fire.

Zion's game is predicated on his freakish athleticism and his ability to get up higher than almost anyone on the floor. For his game to reach its full potential in year one, he's going to need his knees to hold up, so sitting him for the rest of the summer is a smart move by the Pelicans.

A bruised knee is nothing to worry about, but there's no sense is risking further injury with your prized pick.

Williamson will have to use his time away from the court wisely because the Western Conference is beyond stacked and he'll be in for a battle each and every night this season.