Amidst the Chicago Bulls five-game losing streak, 19-year old Patrick Williams continues to turn heads, and gain support as one of the NBA’s more underrated rookies.
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor put together a video breakdown on Thursday, claiming that the forward was indeed “the most underrated rookie:”
Williams has impressed. He’s showing early signs of what Chicago drafted him to do: plug and play into different offensive roles, and defend multiple positions.
Williams is averaging 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.
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Williams is Already a Scoring Threat
Patrick Williams and the Chicago Bulls aren’t seeing collective success in the inaugural season of their partnership, but what the rookie is flashing as an individual, suggests they will win together, inevitably.
Offensively, Williams has been up and down, which is why his points per game average sits below double digits ahead of Friday night’s matchup with the Utah Jazz.
But when he’s gotten off to strong starts and hit his first few jumpers, typically from the mid-range, he’s shown can score on above-average defenders with ease. O’Connor touched on Williams’ offense in his video breakdown:
Williams potential is most apparent from mid-range. He has a pillowy-soft touch and looks comfortable shooting, even with a hand in his face. He rises and fires like a throwback scorer, and though he doesn’t have the tightest handle to break down defenders, he’s worked hard to add moves to his game. Occasionally he’ll unleash a move that makes you think he could someday be a 20-point per game scorer.
Chicago’s rookie lives in within the confines of the three-point line.
Per Basketball Reference, 72 percent of his shots are two-pointers, and he’s shooting a scorching hot 67 percent within three feet of the basket.
But, as O’Connor notes in his breakdown, Williams will have to find his three-point shot if he’s going to grow into a double-digit scoring option for the Bulls:
He’ll often dribble out of catch-and-shoot opportunities into pull-up twos, and these shots are fine, but he needs to shoot more than an occasional dribble jumper three to ever be a go-to option.
But the 19-year old forward isn’t a bad three-point shooter, it’s more of a confidence issue. He’s made 38 of his 100 attempts, which, for a rookie who made …read more