While his jump shot is in desperate need of improvement, Troy Williams has been delightful at Summer League. He’s provided energy and intensity on both ends of the floor, often out-hustling opponents for loose balls and transition opportunities.
If the New York Knicks are still on the fence about whether or not to bring Williams back for the 2018-19 season, his showing in Las Vegas should ease their concerns.
Williams closed out Summer League by scoring 11 points in 21 minutes of action. He added one rebound, one assist, and a steal, shooting 4-of-9 from the field and a perfect 3-of-3 from the charity stripe in a strong all-around performance.
Williams posted a goose egg from beyond the arc, shooting 0-of-4, but he went 4-of-5 from two-point range, and brought energy and intensity on defense.
Williams will need to solidify his jump shot if he’s going to play significant minutes for the Knicks in 2018-19. The fact that he continued to shoot when his jumper wasn’t falling, however, is a sign that he’s willing to address the flaws that currently plague him.
If Williams comes to training camp with an even slightly improved jump shot, he should become a key member of David Fizdale’s rotation in 2018-19.
The New York Knicks finish Summer League at 2-3, but the progress made was more intriguing than any game result. This was yet another example of that truth.