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Strengths: Physically, Williams projects to be an ideal NBA swingman. He has a solid frame, is long and very athletic. He shows the ability to score both inside and outside at the professional level. His mid-range game is his strong point offensively. Williams has a high, quick release that is at its most effective when he is on the move. He actually shoots better off the dribble than he does in catch-and-shoot situations. He is very skilled at creating his shot thanks to smooth ballhandling skills and his ability to change speeds quickly. Williams has also proven to be very dangerous without the basketball. He has a knack for losing his defender in the lane, receiving a pass and using his length and body control to finish in traffic.
Weaknesses: Williams needs to extend his range out a little further at the next level. He has shown range out to the college 3-point line, but is not consistent enough from beyond the arc. Williams lacks explosiveness when going to the basket, relying more on his length. He could have trouble scoring in the paint. Williams has the physical tools to be a strong defender, but at times loses focus.
Outlook: Williams is likely to go in the latter stages of round one or early in round two depending on team needs. He projects as both a shooting guard and small forward, though he will probably spend more time as a guard because of his thin frame. If he extends his range a little bit further, Williams will make a nice sixth man.
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