Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson made his much anticipated NBA debut Wednesday night.
And he balled out...
ZION WILLIAMSON'S DEBUT 🔥— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) January 23, 2020
22 PTS in 18 MINS
17 4th Q PTS in 3 MINS
Williamson finished with 22 points on the night, but it was his fourth quarter performance that had everyone buzzing!
His 17 points in a quarter tied a record with a Trail Blazers rookie... and it wasn't set by Damian Lillard.
Zion Williamson is the first rookie to score 17 points in a quarter in their #NBA debut since Jake Layman (17 points, 4th quarter, 11/1/16).— Pelicans PR (@PelicansPR) January 23, 2020
Layman made his NBA debut on November 1, 2016, scoring 17 points in eight minutes off the bench. He also hit five three-pointers in the game, becoming the first Trail Blazer ever to make five three-pointers in a debut, and finished one shy of the franchise record in a quarter.
Of course, the internet went crazy!
Somehow I witnessed Jake Layman do that live but missed Zion 🤦🏿♂️ 🤦🏿♂️🤦🏿♂️🤦🏿♂️🤦🏿♂️🤦🏿♂️🤦🏿♂️🤦🏿♂️🤦🏿♂️🤦🏿♂️🤦🏿♂️ https://t.co/O30ErKFYeV— Luka4MVP (@_mdouks) January 23, 2020
Will Zion ever escape these ceaseless Jake Layman comps?— Samuel H. Quinn (@SamQuinnCBS) January 23, 2020
So what your saying is Zion Williamson has the potential to be as good as Jake Layman?— Broderick Ehlert (@BDEhlert) January 23, 2020
That's a steal for the first overall pick. https://t.co/IaUJhzWxt0
Zion is in rare company. Jake Layman is a legend. https://t.co/xFVvs0EsW7— Kyle Cook (@kyle_a_cook5) January 23, 2020
Jake Layman >>> Zion https://t.co/OffSXbnjqI— Harrison Goodman (@GoodmanHarrison) January 23, 2020
I said before the season started Zion reminded me of a young Jake Layman and people laughed at me. https://t.co/AsyLx61MGE— Atlanta Hawks Reddit (@ATLHawks_Reddit) January 23, 2020
Damned. Zion is bound to have an exceptional career as the one and only (well now two) Jake Layman!https://t.co/4FWmgEKzEc— Kawheasel (@kawheasel) January 23, 2020
THE Jake Layman— J (@1000Steps) January 23, 2020
Jake Layman. The standards standard. https://t.co/ED7eWlHY0U— Ryan Grandits (@RJGrandits) January 23, 2020
GOATs: Jake Layman, Zion Williamson.— (M)J (LB)J (@JordanGame6) January 23, 2020
That's the list. https://t.co/YMwhRDDyDg
We will always remember the Jake Layman game... He is the OG...