Ja Morant Touted as Superior Player to Zion Williamson After Grizzlies Beat Pelicans

Erin WalshNovember 26, 2022

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE - NOVEMBER 25: Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies handles the ball against Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans during the first half at FedExForum on November 25, 2022 in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images)
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Ja Morant and Zion Williamson went head-to-head Friday, and the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 132-111 at FedExForum in a battle of the top two picks in the 2019 NBA draft.

Morant outdueled Williamson to lead the Grizzlies to victory, finishing with 23 points, four rebounds and 11 assists in 28 minutes. Williamson notched 14 points, five rebounds, four assists and one steal in 30 minutes.

Memphis did get a more complete effort from its players, with Jaren Jackson Jr., Dillon Brooks, Steven Adams, Brandon Clarke and David Roddy all putting up double digits in scoring, but Grizzlies Twitter touted Morant as being superior to Williamson following the win.

William @William141989

Very few things I’m right about in the sports world. JA >>>>>> Zion and Barrett being overrated is one of em


Ja > Zion

Itoyah @joyboyIT

Good to see Ja is still Zion’s dad

_pala_ @_ebisu98

Why does Zion always fail the Ja test.

Brady @brrrrrady

Imagine drafting Zion over Ja 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

Benjamin @forthelit

Ja owns Zion

M-Town Terry @friendok_

i don’t want to hear anymore shit about zion being better than ja… dude is getting locked up <a href="https://t.co/RpGLGDOmFA">pic.twitter.com/RpGLGDOmFA</a>

Ja’Mil(lz) 🐐 @MillzPromotions

Ja and the Griz COOKING Zion and the pels.

M-Town @memphis10essee

Memphis is thankful we have Ja and not Zion

Gboye @mcgboye

Ja &gt;&gt; Zion

Morant is in the midst of another impressive season. The 2019-20 Rookie of the Year entered Friday's game averaging 28.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 7.0 assists in 15 games while shooting 47.2 percent from the floor and 38.9 percent from deep.

Williamson, who has dealt with his fair share of injuries over his NBA career—including missing all of last season after having surgery on his right fifth metatarsal—is also having a solid year.

Entering Friday's game, he was averaging 23.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 13 games while shooting 58.0 percent from the floor and 37.5 percent from deep.

The Grizzlies moved to 11-8 on the season with the win, while the Pelicans dropped to 11-8.