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