Zion Williamson was attacking the rim from the opening tip of his preseason debut Monday — the only way most players were going to stop him is to foul him.
This may not be a smart move anymore as Williamson drained 10-of-11 free throws on his way to 26 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Maybe most importantly on the night, Williamson played 33 minutes — there were no restrictions and he got a lot of run.
After the game, Williamson said he had spent a large part of the offseason working on his free throws — “free money” at the line, as he put it — because he gets fouled a lot and shot just 64% at the stripe last season.
New Pelicans’ coach Stan Van Gundy said Williamson stood out with his free throws and defensive rebounding — he had eight on his way to 11 total rebounds.
New Orleans beat Miami 114-92 in a game where Tyler Herro led the Heat with 17 points.