New Orleans Pelicans pick Zion Williamson No. 1

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It’s official: Zion Williamson is the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft.

The New Orleans Pelicans selected the Duke power forward with the top selection Thursday night, finalizing a decision that had been widely expected to take place since the moment the franchise won the draft lottery. The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Williamson wore a cream-colored suit jacket and sat with family members as he heard his name called at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

Williamson dominated in his only season at the collegiate level. He averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while making 33 starts. He added 2.1 steals and 1.8 blocks per game with an elite combination of size and athleticism.

The Spartanburg, S.C., native immediately will become the face of the Pelicans’ franchise. New Orleans went 33-49 last season and recently agreed to a blockbuster deal to send center Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers for a package of players and picks.

–Field Level Media

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