If the New York Knicks are going to find a consistent role for Troy Williams, he’s going to need to solidify his outside shot. In saying that, Williams has two invaluable abilities that should appeal to head coach David Fizdale and general manager Scott Perry.
In addition to being an explosive athlete who can drive the lane and play above the rim, Williams has a motor that never seems to run dry—and that’s reason to believe in him.
Williams finished Summer League with averages of 11.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.2 steals in 20.6 minutes per game. He shot 46.0 percent from the field, and relentlessly attacked the basket when he was on the court.
That includes his exceptional value in transition, where his length, speed, and leaping ability enable him to beat opposing defenses and play above the rim.
Defensively, Williams covered ground with an impressive combination of athleticism and relentlessness. He still needs to improve his jump shot, but he plays hard and has the slashing ability that the offense was missing during the 2017-18 campaign.
Unfortunately, Williams has a non-guaranteed salary for the 2018-19 season, but his play at Summer League should ensure that he’ll receive the opportunity to earn his keep.
There’s no guaranteeing that these five players will play a prominent role for the New York Knicks in 2018-19, but they made quite the statement at Summer League.
Update: waivedTroy Williams has been by the New York Knicks.