Welcome to Chicago, Patrick Williams! pic.twitter.com/jFb2fLVVHG
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) November 19, 2020
For the past several months, the Bulls have been the most mysterious team in the NBA, and only over the past few days has Williams snuck into the conversation. His rise up the draft board has been something almost every team and scout can get behind. Why?
Patrick Williams Background:
Well, here is a snippet we wrote about him the other day:
Williams just turned 19-years-old in August and is practically the definition of a raw talent. While he clearly belongs in the NBA, his first-year stats at Florida State will not jump out at you. Over 29 games he averaged 9.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.0 block per game. Why so underwhelming? Well, he didn’t start a single game in college (which feels like a very weird thing to say about a potential top-10 pick). Despite all of that, though, he’s been projected as a mid-to-late lottery pick. As a small forward who checks in a 6’8″ and 225 lbs, Williams has arguably the most intriguing body in this draft. He is an athletic freak who has already shown the potential to be a very solid all-around talent. No, he currently is not *great* in any one area, but it’s not hard to think of several areas he could eventually prove elite. The guy is fascinating.
Most would agree when I say Williams should be considered a far bigger project than someone like Tyrese Haliburton or Deni Avdija, but that is kind of right up Arturas Karnisovas’ ally. Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray were both considered very young project players when the Nuggets brought them on board, and I think it’s safe to say we are now seeing what investing in that talent can get you after a couple of seasons.
All things considered, this may not be the most exciting name for Bulls fans to hear, but he arguably offers some of the biggest upside in the draft. Scouts have fallen in love with his size and athleticism, and while he may be considered a project, he is a project worth taking on for a team like the Bulls.
We’ll have much more on Williams and what this means for the team moving forward over the next day.