Zion Williamson Could Reportedly Make NBA Debut in January (UPDATE)

It looks like Zion Williamson won't redshirt his rookie year. 

Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans

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Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans

UPDATED 1/15, 1:50 p.m. ET: Zion Williamson will reportedly make his NBA debut on January 22 against the San Antonio Spurs, The Atheltic's Shams Charania reports.  

Pelicans No. 1 pick Zion Williamson is expected to make his season debut on Jan. 22 against San Antonio, David Griffin says.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 15, 2020

See original story below. 

It looks like the new year will finally bring us our first real look at Zion Williamson in the NBA.

The Athletic's Shams Charania reported on Tuesday that the Pelicans are looking to start off the decade by having Williamson make his highly anticipated NBA debut in January.

“I’m told both sides are hopeful of a January season debut for (Zion) Williamson.”

As the calendar shifts to 2020, NBA Insider @ShamsCharania shares the latest on the Pelicans No. 1 pick. pic.twitter.com/uEMBtBocIw

— Stadium (@Stadium) December 31, 2019

"Both sides are hopeful for a January season debut for Williamson," Charania said.

Williamson suffered a torn meniscus in October that required surgery. The initial recovery time for his injury was 6 to 8 weeks, but the Pelicans have refrained from rushing the no. 1 draft pick on to the court. During his rehab, New Orleans has reportedly been working on Williamson's kinetic chain to reduce his chances of being injured in the future. 

All of this patience has seemingly paid off. Williamson was spotted on the practice court with the team earlier this month. He's also been throwing down dunks during the Pelicans' pre-game warm-ups. 

So Zion just dunked in warmups..... pic.twitter.com/rll2JMxXtk

— Will Guillory (@WillGuillory) December 28, 2019

Working his way back 💪@Zionwilliamson | #WontBowDown pic.twitter.com/TVPpT5heNm

— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) December 28, 2019

Happy New Year indeed.  

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