Patrick Williams

Patrick Williams

20-Year-Old ForwardF
Chicago Bulls  NBA  
Chicago Bulls
Out
Injury Wrist
Est. Return 4/10/2022
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/PreCareer Summary

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. 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.

Likely out 4-to-6 months
FChicago Bulls
Wrist
October 29, 2021
Williams (wrist) will undergo surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left wrist from an injury sustained during Thursday's matchup with the Knicks. He's expected to miss 4-to-6 months.
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Initial reports stated that Williams would miss the rest of the regular season, but if he is able to return by the four-month mark, then he would be back by late February, which would give him ample time to gear up for the playoffs. If his return is closer to the six-month mark, then he will likely be out through the first-round of the playoffs. After their offseason acquisitions of Lonzo Ball, DeMar DeRozan and Alex Caruso, the Bulls are expected to make the playoffs, so a postseason return could be in the cards for Williams. However, the most likely chance of him playing again this season would involve him progressing well throughout rehab and avoiding setbacks. Troy Brown, Javonte Green and Alize Johnson will all be candidates for increased role during Williams' absence.
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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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To miss rest of season
FChicago Bulls
Wrist
October 29, 2021
Williams (wrist) is expected to undergo surgery for his dislocated wrist and is expected to miss the remainder of the season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Diagnosed with left wrist sprain
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Wrist
October 28, 2021
Head coach Billy Donovan updated after Thursday's loss to the Knicks that Williams suffered a left wrist sprain, Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic reports.
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Night over early
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Wrist
October 28, 2021
Williams will not return to Thursday's game against the Knicks due to left wrist soreness, K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
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Good to go Friday
FChicago Bulls
October 22, 2021
Williams (shoulder) will be available for Friday's contest against the Pelicans, Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic reports.
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Probable Friday
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Shoulder
October 21, 2021
Williams (shoulder) is probable for Friday's game against the Pelicans.
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