Williams appeared in 39 games for the Pelicans during the coronavirus-shortened 2019-20 season. It was his second season in the league and with the team. In his 21 appearances off the bench, he averaged 2.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 15.1 minutes per game. During his 18 starts, the 25-year-old averaged 4.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 28.4 minutes per contest. On Dec. 15 during a game against the Magic, Williams set a new career high with three blocks. Williams' other season highs were 16 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and three steals. From Nov. 9 through Nov. 21, the 6-foot-6 forward had his best stretch of the season. Across the seven games, the TCU product averaged 7.6 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.9 blocks across 33.8 minutes, and the Pelicans won five of the contests. A back injury forced Williams off the court from Jan. 8 through the Pelicans' final normally-scheduled regular-season game on Mar. 8. Then, due to the COVID19 pandemic, the league went on hiatus, which allowed Williams time to heal. New Orleans was one of the 22 teams invited to the Orlando bubble for the restart of the campaign. Williams saw action in four of the Pelicans' eight seeding games, averaging 1.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 13.2 minutes per bubble game.2018
Williams played in 46 games - including 29 starts - as an undrafted free agent in his first NBA season. He'd go on to average 6.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.8 assists. The TCU grad scored in double-digits nine times on the year, including a season-high 21 against Denver on Jan. 30 where he also added eight rebounds. He had set a career-high the previous night with 16 boards in a win over Houston. Williams also enjoyed a three-game stretch where he scored in double-digits in consecutive early-February contests by dropping 12, 19, and 10. The 10 versus Memphis also represented his first career double-double, as he also grabbed 13 rebounds along with a season-high seven assists. As the season progressed, Williams entrenched himself in the rotation and increased his minutes per game from single digits for the first three months of the season to 17.8 in January, 32.5 in February, 29.3 in March and 31 in April. As a result, he ended up starting the sixth-most games for the Pelicans. He came close to reaching another double-double level on Feb. 14 against Oklahoma City, but could only drop nine points in addition to 12 rebounds. Williams would record five steals twice: on Mar. 8 versus Minnesota and Apr. 9 against Golden State.
July 23, 2018Signed a rookie contract with the New Orleans Pelicans