One could make a fair case that no player has done more to help their future with the New York Knicks than Troy Williams. He boasted the best +/- of any player on the Knicks in each of their first two Summer League games, and thrived again against the Los Angeles Lakers.
One of the primary reasons for Williams’ success at Summer League has been his uncanny ability to bring more energy and intensity than any other player on the court.
Williams played 24 minutes against the Lakers, tallying 15 points, three assists, two rebounds, and two steals during his court time. He went 5-of-11 from the field, 2-of-5 from beyond the arc, and 3-of-4 from the free throw line in his most complete offensive performance thus far.
Williams’ energy was consistent throughout, but it was the expanded range on his jump shot, his improved efficiency at the line, and his unexpected vision as a passer that impressed.
Williams has made a statement at Summer League, and it’s ringing loud and clear. He offers a spark on defense and speed on offense, which is a combination that this Knicks team should be happy to embrace as they build a more modern roster.
Williams’ contract is non-guaranteed for the 2018-19 season, but he’s earning that money with his showings in Las Vegas.
If these five players continue to play this well, the New York Knicks could reward them with consistent playing time in 2018-19.