NBA: Zion Williamson’s foot showing ‘improved bone healing’

Field Level Media/Reuters

Posted at Mar 03 2022 09:28 AM

Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans warms up prior to the game against the LA Clippers on November 19, 2021 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. File photo. Layne Murdoch Jr., NBAE via Getty Images/AFP
Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans warms up prior to the game against the LA Clippers on November 19, 2021 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. File photo. Layne Murdoch Jr., NBAE via Getty Images/AFP

New Orleans Pelicans sidelined star Zion Williamson is showing "improved bone healing" in his right foot and will "gradually progress" to full basketball activities, the team announced Wednesday.

The team advised that Williamson remains out indefinitely.

The No. 1 pick of the 2019 NBA Draft, Williamson has played just 85 games for the Pelicans. He missed the first three months of the 2019-20 season due to a knee injury, and a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot has kept him sidelined this entire season.

But recent imaging into the injury indicated Williamson will be able to start full weight-bearing exercises. It is progress from imaging results in December that showed a setback.

Williamson, 21, was an All-Star in 2020-21 when he averaged 27.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.

For his career, Williamson has averages of 25.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists over 31.7 minutes per game.