Williams, a first-round pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, appeared in 71 of the Bulls' 72 games during the 2020-21 season and started in each one of his appearances. The former Florida State standout endured a few bumps on the road as he got settled to the NBA game, but he still found a way to score in double digits in 32 of his appearances, highlighted by a season-high 24 points against the Brooklyn Nets on May 15. Williams grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds against the San Antonio Spurs on March 17 -- he also added 10 points in that contest, and that was one of the three double-doubles he produced during the regular season. Williams had three games with at least 10 boards, and other season-high marks for him included four assists (four times), four steals (twice) and three blocks (twice). One of Williams' best all-around performances in the season was the game against the Orlando Magic on April 14, in which he produced nine points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals. The rookie ended his first year in The Association averaging 9.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.6 blocks across 27.9 minutes per game. He also shot 48.3 percent from the floor, 39.1 percent from three-point range and 72.8 percent from the free-throw line.
November 21, 2020Signed a two-year, $14.49 million contract with the Bulls.