NBA Draft

Ziaire Williams

Scouting Report

OVERVIEW
Williams is loaded with potential and is likely to develop into an All-Star forward.
He was the most ballyhooed recruit to ever sign with Stanford and he averaged 10.7 points and 4.6 rebounds in his one college season.
Williams, who turns 20 on Sept. 12, is a top-notch defender and that figures to be his forte early in his NBA career.
Williams only had 17 steals and 11 blocked shots in 20 games last season but is capable of better production. At 6-foot-8, he is versatile and can defend against big players and against wings.
Williams shot just 29.1 percent from 3-point range but NBA scouts expect his accuracy to improve as he gets deeper into his NBA career. His overall shooting percentage of 37.4 percent was a disappointment for a player with his skill-set.
He also had ball-control issues and committed 58 turnovers, second-most on the team. NBA teams aren't looking for him to be a ball-handler but they also don't want Williams to be committing careless turnovers.
The team that selects Williams will also want him to bulk up his 185-pound frame.
ANALYSIS
Positives: It was clear when Williams signed with Stanford, that he would be a one-and-done player and he has the upside to develop into a solid NBA player. It is expected that he will eventually grow into his body.
Negatives: Williams might not receive a lot of minutes as a rookie as he needs time to develop. The careless ball-handling and lackluster shooting performances are a hindrance for now.
--Field Level Media


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