Pelicans Superstar Rookie Zion Williamson Reportedly Out Several Weeks With Knee Injury

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - OCTOBER 11: Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans shoots during a preseason game against the Utah Jazz at the Smoothie King Center on October 11, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 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 Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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The biggest concern around former Duke star and Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson was his durability, as some questioned if his 285-pound frame would do damage on his lower body.

Those concerns have been proven emphatically correct, as Williamson will miss several weeks to start the season with a knee injury. Luckily for New Orleans, Williamson's injury isn't serious. However, they will be extremely cautious as he recovers.

Zion has looked the part early in his NBA career, as he averaged 23.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.5 steals per game on 71% shooting in four preseason games. In doing so, he became the first rookie ever to average 20 points per game in the preseason.

The Pelicans will likely use a combination of Derrick Favors, fellow rookie Jaxson Hayes, and European import Nicolo Mello to tread water until Williamson returns.

Unfortunately for NBA fans, everyone will have to wait to see Zion in his first regular-season action. Let's see how the Pelicans' supporting cast performs without him.