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“He’s in fantastic shape” — Zion Williamson’s trainer, Jasper Bibbs, believes Williamson is ready for the New Orleans Pelicans 2022-23 season

The Pelicans already have a strong core group put together, but Williamson will determine just how high they can fly this season.
New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson

Zion Williamson

The New Orleans Pelicans are entering the 2022-23 season with some high expectations. They gave the Phoenix Suns an unexpected run for their money in the first round of the playoffs last season and believe they have a strong core group in place that will allow them to make some noise in the Western Conference. Of course, it's worth noting that much of the Pelicans' plan depends on star forward Zion Williamson.

Zion Williamson sounds like he's ready for the upcoming season

One of the biggest topics of discussion this offseason centered around whether or not Williamson should receive the rookie max extension that he was eligible for. The Pelicans opted to hand Williamson a five-year, $193 million extension, putting faith in a player who hasn't been on the court much to start his career.

Williamson missed the entire 2021-22 season with a foot injury, and many were concerned about his weight, which seemed to increase due to him not being on the court. Zion appears to be in much better shape now, and his trainer, Jasper Bibbs, believes that he is ready to return to the court for good after spending more time off it than on it to begin his career.

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"He's in fantastic shape. He's been committed to putting in the work day in and day out. I'm really proud of what he's been able to accomplish. He's a better athlete now than he's ever been. (His body composition) has improved at an extremely high level. That's all I'll say." - Jasper Bibbs, The Athletic

Zion could be set for a monster season with the Pelicans

When Williamson has been on the court for the Pelicans, he has shown the potential to be one of the most dominant players in the NBA. He averaged 27 points per game during the 2020-21 season on 61.1 % shooting. Remember, Williamson scores pretty much all of his points in the paint, but it doesn't really matter because of how good he is.

Zion will also have more help than ever in New Orleans now. Brandon Ingram has developed into a star player, and CJ McCollum is now in place to control the Pelicans' offense. Whereas Williamson was primarily doing everything on his own last time he played, the Pelicans now have the supporting cast Zion needs to help them build a winner.

Williamson's health and fitness play a significant role in the Pelicans' success, though, which is why many NBA fans have been anxiously following his status all offseason long. Zion is good to go for the upcoming season, and if he can play up to his potential, the Pelicans could emerge as one of the top teams in the Western Conference during the 2022-23 season.

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