Patrick Williams

Patrick Williams

20-Year-Old ForwardF
Chicago Bulls  NBA  
Chicago Bulls
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Williams was a surprise selection at No. 4 in the 2020 NBA Draft, but he put together a nice rookie season as one of the youngest players in the league. The forward started all 71 games he appeared in and averaged 9.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.5 combined steals-plus-blocks in 27.9 minutes. He was also relatively efficient with shooting splits of 48/39/73. That resulted in Williams ranking 185th in fantasy on a per-game basis, but his availability led to him ranking 113th in total production. He's farther along defensively than offensively, where he often relies on other players to put him in position to score, and he leans heavily on mid-range jumpers. Williams was given a long leash in 2021 Summer League, where he averaged 21.0 points on 19.3 shots per game. However, he wasn't especially efficient (37.9 FG%) and committed nearly twice as many turnovers than assists. Heading into 2021-22, the 20-year-old will likely remain in a low-usage offensive role, especially given the additions of Lonzo Ball and DeMar DeRozan. It's conceivable that he'll be worth a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues, but a lot would have to break right for it to be worth rostering him over the course of a season. As it stands, he appears to just be a role player on a competitive team. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $14.49 million contract with the Bulls in November of 2020. Contract includes $7.78 million team option for 2022-23.
Personal Bio

Williams was born Aug. 26, 2001 in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the son of Janie and Eddie Williams. He has one older brother, Kobie, and both of his parents played basketball at Johnson C. Smith University. One of Williams' first jobs was delivering flowers for his mom's shop. Williams attended West Charlotte High School, where he was a four-year starter. During his junior season, he averaged 20.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.8 steals and was rated a consensus top-50 prospect in his class. He committed to playing college basketball at Florida State before his senior year of high school. As a senior, he averaged 22.1 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.8 blocks and led the team to the 4A State Championship game. Williams also played in the Jordan Brand Classic. During his first season at Florida State (2019-20), he was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team and was also named the Sixth Man of the Year. Williams studied Sport Management at FSU. After his freshman season, Williams declared for the NBA Draft.

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Williams came off the bench for all 29 games he appeared in during his first and only season with Florida State, but his raw potential was evident as he shot up draft boards in the offseason. Despite only averaging 22.5 minutes per contest, the 6-foot-8 power forward scored 9.2 points per game, including one three-pointer made per contest. He came on strongest in the last month of the season, putting up 11.5 points and 5.5 rebounds over the team's last 10 games. Williams was also a more-than-capable defender, averaging a steal and a blocked shot per contest. He was 17th in the ACC in defensive rating and fifth in the conference in block rate. When it was all said and done, Williams made the 2019-20 ACC All-Freshman team and was awarded ACC Sixth Man of the Year honors. There wasn't an NCAA Tournament in 2020, but Florida State finished the year ranked No. 4 in the country in the final AP poll and would have been firmly in contention for a No. 1 seed.

Good to go Friday
FChicago Bulls
October 15, 2021
Williams (ankle) will make his preseason debut during Friday's finale against the Grizzlies.
ANALYSIS
Williams has recovered from a left ankle sprain and will presumably start at power forward in Friday's finale. The Bulls are thin at forward, so Williams should play big minutes this season, especially since he's a strong defensive player in an offensively-tilted lineup.
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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.

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2020 Fantasy Outlook
Many didn't expect Williams going No. 4 in the draft, but nevertheless, he will now join a young and rebuilding Chicago squad. Williams has tremendous upside despite his mediocre averages with Florida State last season. The 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward averaged 9.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks while shooting 45.9 percent from the floor and 83.8 percent at the charity stripe with the Seminoles. Assuming Otto Porter remains the starting small forward and Lauri Markkanen the power forward, Williams will presumably come in off the bench and battle for minutes with veteran Thaddeus Young. As a rookie, we shouldn't expect Williams to be a great fantasy contributor, limiting his fantasy relevance exclusively to deep formats.
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On track to play Friday
FChicago Bulls
Ankle
October 13, 2021
Williams (ankle) is "hopeful" and "confident" that he'll play in Friday's preseason finale against the Grizzlies, Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic reports. He is officially probable.
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Goes through 5-on-5 Monday
FChicago Bulls
Ankle
October 11, 2021
Williams (ankle) went through 5-on-5 drills at Monday's practice, Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic reports.
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May be ready Friday
FChicago Bulls
Ankle
October 10, 2021
Williams (ankle sprain) may make his return to the court as soon as Friday's preseason finale against Memphis, Joe Cowley of The Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Out 4-6 weeks with sprained ankle
FChicago Bulls
Ankle
September 24, 2021
Williams is out for four-to-six weeks due to a severe left ankle sprain, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Out for Summer League finale
FChicago Bulls
Undisclosed
August 16, 2021
Williams (undisclosed) won't play in the Bulls' Summer League finale, Rob Schaefer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
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