Jalen Williams

Jalen Williams

22-Year-Old ForwardF
Oklahoma City Thunder
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Williams was exceptional as a rookie for a Thunder squad that fought for a Play-In spot last year. But his usage could take a hit in 2023-24, with Chet Holmgren debuting after a lost campaign due to offseason foot surgery. Either way, Williams figures to play a sizeable role for an ascending Oklahoma City team, and his multi-faceted, efficient style bodes well for his fantasy potential. Williams became a full-time starter in mid-December last year and went on to start 53 of 55 games, missing two matchups due to injury. During that stretch, the 6-foot-8 wing averaged 15.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.5 blocks while attempting 11.6 field goals, 2.9 three-pointers and 2.8 free throws per contest (52.1/37.9/82.7 shooting splits). Overall, Williams averaged 15.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals across 62 starts compared to just 9.8 points, 2.6 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 13 appearances as a reserve. The 22-year-old is not expected to lose his starting job with Holmgren available, but it'll be difficult for him to find more usage. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $8.9 million contract with the Thunder in July of 2022. Thunder exercised $4.78 million team option for 2024-25 in October of 2023. Contract includes $6.58 million team option for 2025-26.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Jalen Williams was born in Denver, CO on April 14, 2001. Williams spent the early part of his life in Denver before his family moved to Arizona when he was seven years old. Williams attended Perry High School in Gilbert, AZ, where he averaged 23.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game as a junior en route to Region Offensive Player of the Year honors. A year later, Williams averaged north of 25 points per game en route to finishing as the No. 9 player in the state of Arizona, per 247Sports.com. Williams committed to play college basketball at Santa Clara. Over the course of three seasons at Santa Clara, Williams appeared in 84 games and made 74 starts. He was a two-time All-WCC selection, including being named to the All-WCC First Team as a junior in 2021-22. Williams finished that season with averages of 18.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.5 blocks while shooting 51.3 percent from the floor and 39.6 percent from beyond the arc. In May of 2022, Williams announced that he would hire an agent and keep his name in the 2022 NBA Draft. He was selected with the 12th overall pick in the draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Goes for 26 in loss to Spurs
FOklahoma City Thunder
March 1, 2024
Williams closed Thursday's 132-118 loss to the Spurs with 26 points (10-18 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 5-5 FT), six rebounds, three assists and one steal in 33 minutes.
ANALYSIS
Williams has entrenched himself as a reliable scoring weapon for the Thunder, and there's a solid argument to say he's been Oklahoma City's second-best player over the last month ahead of Chet Holmgren. Williams has surpassed the 20-point mark in his last three appearances and is averaging 22.3 points per game while shooting 56.6 percent from the field in February.
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How does Jalen Williams compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
  • True Shooting %
    An advanced statistic that measures a player's efficiency at shooting the ball that takes field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and three point percentage into account.
  • Effective Field Goal %
    A statistic that adjusts field goal percentage to account for the fact that three-point field goals count for three points while field goals only count for two points.
  • 3-Point Attempt Rate
    Percentage of field goal attempts from three point range.
  • Free Throw Rate
    Number of free throw attempts per field goal attempt.
  • Offensive Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available offensive rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
  • Defensive Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available defensive rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
  • Total Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
  • Assist %
    An estimate of the percentage of teammate field goals a player assisted while they were on the floor.
  • Steal %
    An estimate of the percentage of opponent possessions that end with a steal by the player while they were on the floor.
  • Block %
    An estimate of the percentage of opponent two-point field goal attempts blocked by the player while they were on the floor.
  • Turnover %
    An estimate of turnovers committed per 100 plays.
  • Usage %
    An estimate of the percentage of team plays used by a player while they were on the floor.
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True Shooting %
62.8%
 
Effective Field Goal %
59.8%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
24.2%
 
Free Throw Rate
23.1%
 
Offensive Rebound %
1.9%
 
Defensive Rebound %
11.8%
 
Total Rebound %
7.1%
 
Assist %
20.9%
 
Steal %
1.3%
 
Block %
1.5%
 
Turnover %
7.9%
 
Usage %
23.1%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
34.0
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
1.1
 
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Headlines Rising Stars Game
FOklahoma City Thunder
January 31, 2024
Williams is a top player set to suit up in the Rising Stars Game at NBA All-Star Weekend. He is currently sidelined due to a sprained ankle.
ANALYSIS
Among all players with at least 600 possessions this season, Williams' 1.116 points per possession ranks ninth league-wide -- indicating elite efficiency for the young forward, who is showing secondary ballhandler upside. Williams joins a well-represented Oklahoma City squad, with Chet Holmgren and Cason Wallace also included in the player pool -- although it's worth noting that Holmgren is dealing with an ankle injury as well.
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2022 Fantasy Outlook
A three-year forward out of Santa Clara, Williams was selected by the Thunder with the No. 12 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. He was named to the WCC All-Conference First Team last year, averaging 18.0 points on 51/40/81 shooting, 4.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.2 steals in 34.8 minutes. Williams has good size - 6-foot-6, 209 pounds - but isn't an explosive athlete and only recently became a go-to player, so it could take him a bit to adjust to the NBA. Positively, he's a proven three-point shooter and has an excellent feel for the game. While his destiny may be primarily a role player, his on-the-ball talent - albeit at a mid-major - gives him the sort of upside searched for by OKC. He projects as a rotation player out of the gate, so there's reason for fantasy managers in deep leagues to consider him late. However, he's still competing against the Thunder's other prospects for reserve minutes.
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Drops 22 on Rockets
FOklahoma City Thunder
February 26, 2024
Williams closed Sunday's 123-110 victory over Houston with 22 points (9-22 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds and five assists in 36 minutes.
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Erupts for 33 in Tuesday's win
FOklahoma City Thunder
February 14, 2024
Williams provided 33 points (12-18 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 6-7 FT), two rebounds, three assists and one steal over 35 minutes during Tuesday's 127-113 victory over the Magic.
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Goes for 32 points in win
FOklahoma City Thunder
February 12, 2024
Williams had 32 points (13-19 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven rebounds and nine assists in 37 minutes during Sunday's 127-113 win over Sacramento.
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Scores 26 points in return
FOklahoma City Thunder
February 7, 2024
Williams (ankle) finished with 26 points (10-18 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five rebounds, five assists and one steal over 35 minutes during Tuesday's 124-117 loss to Utah.
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Cleared for Tuesday
FOklahoma City Thunder
February 6, 2024
Williams (ankle) has been removed from the injury report in advance of Tuesday's game against Utah.
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