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“I'd be lying to you if I said anything less than a championship.” - Zion Williamson displays his winning mindset going into the 2022-23 season

Zion Williamson is entering the 2022-23 season with a winning mindset.
Zion Williamson

Zion Williamson

NBA Media Day for the New Orleans Pelicans was reassuring, given Zion Williamson's healthy return. He seems to have put in a lot of work over the summer, which was visible in his physique.

Williamson was primed to be one of the most dominant big men in the NBA since he was selected in the 2019 draft, but injuries have yet to let him make a mark. Zion played 61 games in his second year – averaging 27 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 3.7 assists – but a lot more is expected from him.

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Zion's mindset going into the 2022-23 season

Although Williamson did not play a single game last season, his confidence has not waned. He sets a high standard for himself, apparent in his interview with Malika Andrews on NBA Today.

Talking about his aspirations for the upcoming season, Zion said"I'd be lying to you if I said anything less than a championship. If your mind isn't set on winning, then where is it at?...Now, it's going to be a journey. It's not going to be easy in no way. We have to take it game by game. Like I said, when you have rough patches, it's those periods that are really going to make us into a championship team."

Zion is aware of the competition, and he knows what kind of effort is required to win a championship. Although he has a lot of catching up to do, his confidence is a good sign for his teammates and the franchise.

A healthy Williamson can make a difference

The Pelicans put on an impressive run last season, fighting their way into the playoffs via the Play-In tournament. With CJ McCollum's arrival and an improved Brandon Ingram, the Pelicans were able to take the Phoenix Suns to seven games in the first round.

Adding Zion Williamson to the mix makes the Pelicans a big Western threat. The youngsters on the roster – players like Herbert Jones, Jose Alvarado, and Trey Murphy III – have shown progressive growth, which also gives them considerable depth.

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