Zion (knee) expected to debut on January 22

Pelicans announce expected return date for No. 1 pick Zion Williamson	
				Rick Osentoski  USA TODAY Sports

Zion Williamson was selected by New Orleans as the top overall pick in the National Basketball Association draft 209 days ago.

Griffin added that the rookie phenom won't be on a minutes restriction when he returns to the lineup, according to The Athletic's Will Guillory. Williamson will likely not play in back-to-back games, either.

Almost three months have gone by since the procedure, with a seemingly endless amount of speculation and curiosity about when Williamson will return and what he'll look like when he does. He was initially given a recovery timetable of six-to-eight weeks. He missed six games for the Blue Devils after suffering a Grade 1 right knee sprain and was later limited to nine minutes of summer league play due to a bruised left knee.

David Griffin, Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations, told reporters Wednesday that the team anticipates Williamson being ready to play January 22 against the San Antonio Spurs at Smoothie King Center.

The Pelicans are now sitting in 14th place in the Western Conference with a record of 15-26, but they're just four games back of the eighth seed Memphis Grizzlies. Over his pre-season appearances, Williams averaged 23.3 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting a staggering 71.4 per cent from the field.



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