Williamson's first big highlight came just under two minutes in when he grabbed the ball in the Atlanta Hawks end and drove to the basket where he slammed a one-handed dunk.
Meanwhile, DeAndre' Benbry led the Hawks with 16 points as seven Atlanta players were in double figures.
Zion Williamson has arrived folks.
The New Orleans forward had fans off their seats after throwing down a trademark dunk in the first quarter of the game. "It was a lot of fun". No one was within a few feet of Williamson when he began cutting to the lane and the only resistance offered was a reach-in by Jones.More news: Turkish forces launch military attack against Kurds at Syrian border
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In their first game of the preseason, the team looked surprisingly sharp.
Sure, there were holes in Williamson's game to be poked. And we should have expected it because this team is still one of the youngest teams in the National Basketball Association in both age and experience, especially if you take Vince Carter out as the clear outlier. He was only 3-for-8 on those shots and that's not great.
The Pelicans may have shipped Anthony Davis off to the Lakers to play with LeBron James, but they now have one of the league's No. 1 attractions again in Williamson. They've put together a set of young pieces that could come together quickly and make a run at a playoff spot in the West.
Despite being open for the inevitable, Gentry insisted that people shouldn't compare James to Williamson. On Monday, Pels fans got what they most wanted to see: Zion dunking in an National Basketball Association (-ish) game.