The 19-year-old New Orleans Pelicans forward made the wait worthwhile Wednesday night.
New Orleans fell 121-117 to the visiting San Antonio Spurs, but Williamson didn't go down without a fight. The Duke product scored 17 consecutive points in the fourth quarter, including four three-pointers, and finished tied with forward Brandon Ingram for a team-high 22 points:
Pelicans fans at the Smoothie King Center showered Williamson with love:
And plenty of notable people flooded Twitter with their reactions, including 2019 No. 2 overall pick Ja Morant:
Williamson had been recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery on Oct. 21 to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee. He finished with 22 points, seven rebounds and three assists for the 17-28 Pelicans.