Boston Celtics fans got their first look at rookie sensation and No. 2 overall pick Ja Morant on Wednesday night.
But the rest of the NBA community (including one Celtics player) was fixated on No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson -- and he didn't disappoint.
The New Orleans Pelicans rookie went off in his NBA debut by dropping 22 points in a loss to the San Antonio Spurs, 17 of which came in a span of three and a half minutes in the fourth quarter.
Zion Williamson scored 17 straight points for the Pelicans in a span of 3:29 in the 4th quarter.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 23, 2020
It's tied for the most points in a quarter in a player's 1st career game over the last 20 seasons. pic.twitter.com/HPhFsqpRqT
Zion Williamson is the 1st player in NBA history to go 4-4 (or better) on threes in his NBA debut (via @EliasSports).— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 23, 2020
His 22 points are the most in a player's debut in @PelicansNBA history, passing Anthony Davis. pic.twitter.com/FoVIfNe7hS
ZION WENT OFF 😳— ESPN (@espn) January 23, 2020
17 points and 4/4 from deep in 3 minutes pic.twitter.com/CfYklzb2Bv
Williamson's 22 points -- aided by four 3-pointers -- were the most ever for a Pelicans player making his debut and the most points in under 20 minutes of any player in his debut.
Williamson's fourth-quarter explosion captivated NBA Twitter -- including injured Celtics big man Robert Williams III, who apparently was watching Zion go off as he recovers from a hip injury.
Zion 👀— Robert Williams (@rob_williamsIII) January 23, 2020
Even Morant, a former AAU teammate of Williamson's in South Carolina, was able to take in the Duke product's debut after the Grizzlies' 119-95 loss to the Celtics, which ended just as Pelicans-Spurs was starting.
yesssir 🤫 @Zionwilliamson— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) January 23, 2020
SOUTH CAROLINA I KNOW YALL LOVING THIS 🙌🏽— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) January 23, 2020
we DIFFERENT down there 🤧 https://t.co/pLj09ABuST— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) January 23, 2020
NBA players weren't the only athletes in awe of Williamson, either; just ask New England Patriots running back James White.
Zion going crazy 🔥— James White (@SweetFeet_White) January 23, 2020
Williamson's debut was a long time coming after he missed New Orleans' first 44 games due to a torn meniscus, but it was well worth the wait.
Celtics fans will get to see the 19-year-old up close just three days from now, as the C's visit the Pelicans on Sunday.
Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Magic, which begins Friday at 6 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live, followed by tip-off at 7 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.