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The New Orleans Pelicans have selected forward Zion Williamson with No. 1 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft. Despite the fact of Williamson’s popularity he will not be the team’s leader next season, according to the Pelicans general manager David Griffin:

“This is Jrue Holiday’s team. Zion is going to be learning how to win at a really high level. At some point, if there is a time that the baton gets passed in terms of who is expected to carry us to win games, it will. That is not now. Let Zion be that kid. Don’t write this like he is here to save this franchise. He is not. He is here to join this family,” Griffin said, per RealGM.

Last season, Williamson averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.8 blocks per game for the Duke.

Meanwhile, Pelicans’ Holiday averaged 21.2 points, 7.7 assists and 5.0 rebounds.