In the New Orleans Pelicans’ victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, Zion Williamson continued his outstanding season. He totally dominated the Wolves, scoring a career-high 43 points. The Pelicans needed every single one of those points to
escape with a 119-118 victory after Anthony Edwards missed the possible game-winning shot for the Wolves. The Pelicans’ humorous game plan was revealed by teammate CJ McCollum after he scored the final 14 points for the Pelicans. Williamson’s shot chart is what truly sticks out about his performance, though.
Zion Williamson’s shot chart from his career-high 43-point performance.
He attempted one shot outside of the paint. Two outside of the restricted area. pic.twitter.com/bWfrmtXvkQ
— Will Guillory (@WillGuillory) December 29, 2022
Only two of Williamson’s 21 attempts at scoring came from outside the allowed area, and of those two, only one was from outside the paint. Williamson only attempted one shot outside the paint, a three-pointer, and he made it, going 100 percent for the game from outside the arc.
All of his damage, though, was done within two to three feet of the hoop. With only six missed shots, he had a field goal percentage of 66.7. Additionally, he made it to the free-throw line 19 times and made 14 of those shots.
Williamson has made a comeback after missing all of last season with a foot ailment. With a field goal percentage of 60.7, he averages 25.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 1.2 steals a game. Although he doesn’t take many three-point shots, when he does, he makes them with a solid 36.8 percent accuracy. With a 22-12 record, the Pelicans have reclaimed the top place in the Western Conference rankings.