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The Pelicans will have Zion Williamson return to action this season. Him, CJ McCollum and Brandon Ingram will form their own Big 3 in New Orleans.

But as far as the top teams are concerned in the Western Conference, McCollum thinks that the defending champions are ahead of the rest due to their proven record.

“I think it’s Golden State and the rest of us. There’s a lot of teams that have talent. But, they are the only proven team,” McCollum said on The CJ McCollum Show, via NBA on ESPN on Twitter.