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With Zion Williamson back, Pelicans’ aspirations soar

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Zion Williamson’s return to a Pelicans squad that made a captivating postseason appearance without him last spring could transform New Orleans’ long-beleaguered NBA franchise into a marquee team.

Soon, the basketball world will see if the reality lives up to the hype.

“Winning for the first time when you have expectations is a big deal, and I think this is the first time the external expectations have reached what our own internal expectations have been,” Pelicans basketball operations chief David Griffin said. “We’re going to learn a lot about this group.”

Since being drafted first overall out of Duke in 2019, Williams has missed more games than he has played because of knee and foot injuries. But his potential for superstardom has been apparent. In the first 85 games of his NBA career, he has shot better than 60% and averaged nearly 26 points per…

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