We have yet to see New Orleans Pelicans star forward Zion Williamson this season due to several delays in his recovery from offseason surgery on his right foot.

This has left many Pelicans fans worried about the long-term future for the 21-year-old star, who put up an impressive 27 points per game in just his second season in the NBA, earning himself an All-Star appearance in 2020.

The team initially thought that he would be back before the season even started, but reports came out last month that he may need a second surgery on his foot, which put a return in 2021 in serious doubt.

Shams Charania reported Monday that Williamson is not expected to return for the Pelicans this season while he continues to recover from his offseason surgery.

The star forward returned to basketball activities this month in the hopes to return this season, but it now appears that he will not be able to ramp up his recovery process in time to return this year.

This news has many Pelicans fans clearly disappointed that were excited at the possibility of a return, with many putting into question his drive for the game and even putting him in the “bust” category.

While it may be way too early to label Williamson as a bust, it doesn’t help that he will always be compared to Memphis Grizzlies star point guard Ja Morant after being selected over him in the 2019 NBA Draft. Morant is having an MVP-caliber season on the Grizzlies while Williamson has only played in 85 games through three seasons.

At his best, Williamson is a dominant force unlike any player that we’ve seen in quite some time. However, there are certainly some questions that he will need to answer in the 2022-2023 NBA season if he wants to be recognized as a top player in the league.

[The Athletic]

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Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.