The Memphis Grizzlies had moved up to the 10th pick of the NBA Draft and took Ziaire Williams out of Stanford. Some people see it as reach, but Williams has a lot of upsides. At Stanford, Williams Struggled, averaging 10.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. He shot 42% from the field and 29% from three-point land. But the potential is there; that had to be what Grizzlies scouts and front office saw in Williams.
Williams is 6-8 with a 6-10 wings span that can play above the rim. Williams can make shots off the dribble and off catch and shoot situations. Williams can be a great pick and roll player with his shot-making and playmaking ability. However, the former Stanford player is a streaky shooter and will need to improve his game. Williams has good passing vision and is good at getting his teammates involved in the offense.
Williams is good in the passing lanes and getting out and running on the fast break on defense. With his size and length, he could be an outstanding defender. But Williams must get a little stronger to guard the bigger Wings in the NBA.
Also, Williams must get bigger to play through contact, allowing him to get to the free-throw line more. Williams is an excellent pick for Memphis because it gives them a big wing who can score on all three levels. Also, it gives them another player on the court that can be shot-creator along with Ja Morant. Ziaire Williams could be the steal of this year’s draft; he has to put in the work.