There should be many seasons to come for Zion Williamson. Maybe some awards and championships, too, but there will only be one jersey from the opening minutes of his NBA career. That large shirt now has a new owner.
Worn in the first half of the New Orleans Pelicans’ loss to San Antonio last month, Williamson’s debut jersey sold for $80,040 via NBA Auctions late last week.
It’s the second highest price for an NBA jersey sold on the platform this season, trailing only LeBron James’ jersey from Opening Night, which sold for $87,250 in December. A total of 100 bids were entered in the auction, which had opened on January 24.
The first overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Williamson wore the Statement Edition jersey during his first minutes in a regular season game, then changed at the half.
It was in the second half when Williamson put on a memorable performance, hitting a barrage of three-pointers, finishing with 22 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 18 minutes before being pulled from the game as he continued to work his way back from a torn meniscus.
It’s the second Williamson rookie season jersey to sell through NBA Auctions/MeiGray as part of their deal with the Pelicans. A jersey worn by Williamson during the NBA Summer League netted $17,250 in October.
Several other rookie jerseys from Opening Night have been offered by NBA Acutions since late last year. A jersey worn by number 2 pick Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies in his debut sold for $12,500 in December while Rai Hachimura’s Washington Wizards jersey reached $11,520.