Ziaire Williams

20-Year-Old ForwardF
2021 Fantasy Outlook
After one up-and-down season at Stanford, many were unsure where Williams would wind up in the 2021 NBA Draft. But the Grizzlies liked what they saw from the 19-year-old, who they made the 10th overall selection. A highly regarded prospect out of high school, Williams has a reputation as a talented scorer with excellent size and athleticism. His efficiency numbers at Stanford were concerning (37.4% FG; 29.1% 3PT), but there's no question that the 19-year-old has plenty of potential. At this stage, however, Williams is much more attractive as a long-term asset in dynasty formats. He'll get some opportunities to contribute for the Grizzlies, but he's unlikely to find enough minutes to warrant rostering in standard redraft leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $8.97 million contract with the Grizzlies in August of 2021. Contract includes $4.81 million team option for 2023-24.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Ziaire Williams was born in September of 2001 in Lancaster, California. He is the son of Ziaire Williams and Marquita Fields-Williams. Williams spent the first three years of his high school career at Notre Dame High School where he averaged 13.6 points and 6.5 rebounds as a freshman. In his final season at Notre Dame, he averaged 27 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists and received USA Today All-USA California second-team honors. In 2019, Williams teamed up with fellow prominent high school players Brandon Boston, Bronny James and Zaire Wade by transferring to Sierra Canyon High School. He also won a gold medal with the United States at the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup. Williams helped lead Sierra Canyon to the 2020 CIF-SS Open Division title by averaging 15 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists and was named the Los Angeles Times Player of the Year while also being selected to play in the McDonald's All-American Game, Jordan Brand Classic and Nike Hoop Summit. He then began playing collegiate basketball for Stanford and averaged 10.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists over 20 games with 14 starts in his freshman season. In March of 2021, Williams declared for the 2021 NBA Draft. The forward was selected by the New Orleans Pelicans with the 10th overall pick, the draft rights to which were traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. Williams made his NBA debut with the Grizzlies on Dec. 6, 2021. Fans can follow Williams on Twitter @therealZiaire.

Minimal impact in spot start
FMemphis Grizzlies
May 7, 2022
Williams produced seven points (3-8 FG, 1-5 3Pt), four rebounds and one assist across 30 minutes during Saturday's 142-112 loss to the Warriors.
ANALYSIS
Williams drew the start in place of Dillon Brooks (suspension) and had little impact on the final result. Although the rookie has fared well off the bench for Memphis, he never got in the groove despite 30 minutes on the floor. The rookie shows definite promise, but it's very difficult to fill Brooks' shoes. Williams will shift back to the bench with Brooks' return, resulting in a significant defensive upgrade for the Grizzlies.
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Starting with Brooks suspended
FMemphis Grizzlies
May 7, 2022
Williams will start Saturday's Game 3 at Golden State, C.J. Holmes of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Solid outing off bench
FMemphis Grizzlies
May 3, 2022
Williams accumulated 14 points (5-9 FG, 4-8 3Pt), five rebounds and one assist across 28 minutes during Tuesday's 106-101 victory over the Warriors.
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Available for Game 2
FMemphis Grizzlies
May 3, 2022
Williams (knee) is available for Tuesday's Game 2 against the Warriors.
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Questionable for Game 2
FMemphis Grizzlies
Knee
May 2, 2022
Williams (knee) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's Game 2 against the Warriors.
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Out Sunday
FMemphis Grizzlies
Knee
May 1, 2022
Williams (knee) is unavailable for Sunday's Game 1 against the Warriors, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.
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