Zion’s rookie year will end without a postseason berth

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Zion Williamson’s rookie season is ending without a playoff berth. It’s not an uncommon stop on the NBA learning curve. Even for No. 1 draft picks, like Williamson was a year ago by the New Orleans Pelicans, winning takes time. The last player to go from being the top overall selection one year to a playoff-game starter the very next season was Derrick Rose more than a decade ago. LeBron James needed three years to make the playoffs. John Wall needed four seasons. So did Kyrie Irving. Now Williamson is entering that process.