Pre-Draft Stats

PTS REB AST BLK STL FG% 3P% FT% EFG% PER
18.8 7.5 3.2 1.5 1.1 56.4 32.6 81.9 58.2 30.6
Sales Pitch
High IQ, High Character bruiser who might lack upside but also might play 10+ years in the NBA.
Background
A long and productive career at Tennesee has Forward Grant Williams positioned to become a steady player in the NBA. While Williams might not have the upside that most NBA prospects will have, he figures to be one of the safer picks in this years draft class. Williams makes his living doing the dirty work. He's a high IQ basketball player that knows what he needs to do in order for the team to succeed. Williams isn't afraid of doing the small things, which is what makes him so special. He's a fighter in the paint and isn't afraid to lay tough physical screens.
Pro Comparison
A body building PJ Tucker/ Boris Diaw
Positives

INTANGIBLES

  • One of the highest characters in this entire draft class. Your classic lunch pail and punch the clock type of player. Hard working on both sides of the ball. Sacrifices for his team to succeed. Does all of the little things that you want. 

BASKETBALL IQ

  • Outstanding basketball IQ. Knows what is needed to make the offense run at full steam. Unselfish. Great defensive IQ. Should have the mentality of a veteran as a rookie. 

BULLDOG MENTALITY

  • Not afraid to use his body. Fights for extra possessions and constantly competes at a high level. Will create contact at any possible opportunity to get to the line. Knows his limitations so figures out other ways to exploit the defense. 

 

Negatives

VERTICALITY 

  • Will struggle to finish inside against athletes in the NBA. Will take some adjusting figuring out how he can adapt to bouncy bigs. 

TWEENER

  • It's always difficult for players with Williams' size and skill set because tweeners are basically going extinct in the modern NBA. His big body frame has done wonders for him in College, but is he athletic enough to keep up defensively in switchable situations?

OUTSIDE SHOOTING

  • Will need to continue to develop his deep ball if he wants to become a gadget player at the next level. Hesitates to take the three at times but it also might selfishly be because he knows a better opportunity for his team exists. 
Overall
Williams won't be as high as draft boards as he deserves and that's only because of upperclassman/tweener tag. Everything else he checks all of the boxes. Grant Williams is setting himself up to be a player that carves out a 10+ year career in the NBA and he's going to be a rookie that can come in and contribute immediately for his next team. His numbers might not be eye-opening after his rookie year, but he's going to make a team better in a hurry.
Birthplace

Houston, TX
United States

NBA Team
Draft Selection
22