Shortly after the draft, Enes Kanter called Williamson "overhyped", and said he's merely "Julius Randle with hops".
Williamson might be able to save the team, as the Pelicans have seen a decline in attendance figures, finishing in 25th out of the 30 National Basketball Association franchises last campaign, SportsPro reports.
But Williamson didn't play in the second half because of a knee-to-knee hit, and fans who were chanting "We want Zion!" After all, the star forward was a human highlight reel while at Duke and easily the most explosive player that the college ranks had to offer. While Jarrett Allen will stick around for a third straight Summer League, the team's lack of high draft picks - they haven't kept their own pick since 2010 - badly shows.More news: Guard of Honour for Shoaib Malik as he Retires from ODIs
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"The three-point line does create more spacing, because everybody can shoot".
But it continued to be Williamson's show. While Cacok made his presence felt in every game as a high-energy (undersized) big off the bench, Howard didn't get his opportunity to shine until the final game when his offensive onslaught in the fourth quarter helped will the Lakers back from a 21 point deficit.
However, it wasn't all pretty.
Barrett and Williamson will be pitted against each other in the first day of play Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET. He also had five rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 25 minutes. The native of Berlin played three seasons at the University of MI, where he helped lead the Wolverines to back-to-back Big Ten titles and an appearance in the 2018 NCAA National Championship game.