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Grant Williams Draft Profile

Breaking down the NBA potential of Grant Williams

Junior 6’7″ 236 Power Forward Tennessee 20 Yrs. Old
18.8 ppg 7.5 rpg 3.2 apg FG: 56.5% 3 PT: 32.6%

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Recruiting Profile

Wingspan: 6’11”

NBA Comparison: Draymond Green/PJ Tucker

Strengths: Inside scoring, Rebounding, Strength, High motor

Weaknesses: Speed/Quickness, Outside shooting, Size

Williams is the type of player that doesn’t initially wow you, but he has put up solid numbers in Knoxville, and his teams have also had good success. Doing most of his damage on the inside with crafty post moves, and mid range jump shots as well, he averaged over 18 points per game in his senior season. His ability to use his strength to get position inside is strong, and whether his back is to the basket or facing up, he can make a move and get a bucket. The junior is a strong rebounder of the ball, being a double-double threat on a nightly basis at the college level, and despite only standing at 6’7″, with his high motor he should be able to rebound at an above average rate as a pro. Athletically he is better than he is given credit for, with his length and vertical he is able to finish at the rim with ease. A classic “glue guy”, his value as a leader will be seen as a positive, and he has the type of personality where he is backing down from no one which is not always a given in a prospect.

While it is something that he has worked hard on since arriving in Tennessee, his outside shot remains suspect. Three pointers are not a big part of his game, attempting only 1.2 as a senior, and less than 1 per game as a junior. In order to be a mainstay in the league he will need to improve this when you consider how much harder it will be do score inside as a professional. His size is a concern at the power forward position, with most of his peers being taller, however his 6’11” wingspan will help him play bigger than his listed height. Defending quicker wings could be an issue at the professional level, and switching on pick and roll will certainly be a weak point without improvement. He is similar to Draymond Green coming out of college where is size his not ideal, and he lacks a true position at that size. With that said, the case with Green and many other players is that if you can play, NBA teams will put on your floor regardless of you fit at a specific position. 

This play gives you an idea of his ability to finish at the rim:

Williams is currently projected to go in the late first to the middle of the second round. While we are not as high on his professional potential as it seems many NBA teams are from what we have heard, there is a belief he will be in the late first round conversation. His ceiling as a professional is a starter level power forward, who can be an effective scorer and a hard nosed defender while also rebounding at solid level. The worst case scenario for Williams would be that he is unable to overcome the increased size at the next level and his lack of position fit, leading him to play in the G League or overseas after getting a shot in the NBA. At this point it does not seem likely he will return to college, but if he chooses to go that route, Williams will be seen as a first round pick as next season begins.

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