New York Knicks: 2019 NBA Draft targets who stepped up on March 24

Duke Zion Williamson (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Tennessee Grant Williams (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Tennessee Grant Williams (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

2. Grant Williams, Tennessee

Slash Line: 7-for-13/0-for-0/5-for-6
Stat Line: 19 points, seven rebounds, five assists, four steals, three blocks

A newcomer to the “Who stepped up?” scene, Grant Williams rose when Admiral Schofield dealt with foul trouble for Tennessee. His performance of 19 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three blocks, provided a little bit of everything for head coach Rick Barnes’ team, as they advanced to the Sweet 16 and a date with Purdue.

It was almost not the case, however. The Volunteers were up by 25 points in the first half, but Iowa stormed back and forced overtime, before dropping in the final five minutes.

Williams, amid this, carried the minutes load, at 37. Lamonte Turner played over 40 minutes and added 15 points of his own.

For the draft, Williams is an undersized power forward. Five years ago, that might have hurt his stock, but NBA teams frequently use smaller lineups, thus making the 6-foot-7 standout a useful player at the next level.

Williams can score down low and can hang around the rim. Otherwise, his athleticism for maneuvering for rebounds in the NBA and defending quicker big men will come into question.

If Williams makes it into the second round, he’s an interesting frontcourt option for the New York Knicks. There is potential late first-round talent here, however, so he might not make it that far.