Mark Williams

Mark Williams

22-Year-Old CenterC
Charlotte Hornets
Out
Injury Back
Est. Return 3/15/2024
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Williams put together an encouraging rookie season, with most of his production coming toward the back of the year. The Hornets began the campaign with Mason Plumlee as their starting center, eventually moving on from him via a trade to the Clippers. From that point, Williams assumed the starting role most nights, doing what many had hoped since he was taken with the 15th overall pick in the 2022 draft. In just 19.3 minutes per game, Williams ended as the 128th-ranked player in nine-category leagues, averaging 9.0 points on 63.7 percent shooting from the floor, adding 7.1 rebounds and 1.0 blocks. Should he land the starting role for his sophomore season, his playing time should increase appropriately, meaning the top 120 should be considered his floor. He doesn't have the block upside of someone like Walker Kessler, but he should be able to flirt with 1.5 swats per game while rolling out consistent double-doubles. The lack of name recognition should work in his favor regarding ADP, likely placing him outside the top 100 in many spots. Anyone who misses out on an elite big man earlier in the draft should certainly consider Williams anywhere in this range. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $7.63 million contract with the Hornets in July of 2022. Hornets exercised $4.09 million team option for 2024-25 in October of 2023. Contract includes $6.28 million team option for 2025-26.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Mark Oluwafemi Williams was born Dec. 16, 2001 in Norfolk, Virginia. His older sister, Elizabeth, played at Duke from 2011-2015 and plays for the Washington Mystics at the time of Mark being drafted. Williams was a four-star center in high school and played three years at Norfolk Academy before transferring to IMG Academy ahead of his senior season. He was a 2020 McDonald's All-American and was chosen to participate in the 2020 Jordan Brand Classic before the event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Williams committed to Duke in 2019 and played for the Blue Devils during the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons. He started in 15 of 23 appearances as a freshman and averaged 7.1 points and 4.5 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per game. However, he took on a larger role during the 2021-22 campaign and averaged 11.2 points and 7.4 rebounds in 23.5 minutes per game while serving exclusively as a starter. He declared for the NBA Draft on April 18, 2022. He was selected by the Hornets with the 15th overall pick.

Out another four weeks
CCharlotte Hornets
Back
February 9, 2024
General manager Mitch Kupchak said Friday that Williams (back) will be re-evaluated in four weeks but is still expected to return this season, Schuyler Callihan of SI.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Williams hasn't played since Dec. 8 due to a lower-back injury and is taking longer than expected to fully heal, prompting the Hornets to shut him down from activity for another month. Since the Hornets aren't in playoff contention and Williams will still require some ramp-up time even if he's cleared to resume on-court work after the four-week re-evaluation, a return in the latter half of March looks to be a best-case scenario. Fantasy managers in most redraft leagues shouldn't bother holding Williams in light of his prolonged absence, while Nick Richards should have some stability as the team's starting center sans Williams.
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How does Mark 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.
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  • Effective Field Goal %
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  • 3-Point Attempt Rate
    Percentage of field goal attempts from three point range.
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    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.
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  • Total Rebound %
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  • Block %
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True Shooting %
67.5%
 
Effective Field Goal %
64.9%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
0.0%
 
Free Throw Rate
42.4%
 
Offensive Rebound %
16.0%
 
Defensive Rebound %
25.0%
 
Total Rebound %
20.3%
 
Assist %
6.6%
 
Steal %
1.4%
 
Block %
3.6%
 
Turnover %
7.7%
 
Usage %
16.8%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
30.9
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
1.2
 
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Mixed signals on injury
CCharlotte Hornets
December 12, 2023
Coach Sean Clifford said Tuesday that Williams, who's been battling a back contusion, doesn't feel great and is "iffy" for Wednesday's game against the Heat, Sam Perley of the Hornets' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Williams suffered a lower back contusion against the Nets on Nov. 30 but suited up for the ensuing matchup versus Minnesota, totaling 11 points and six rebounds in 29 minutes. However, since then, he's appeared in just two of the last three games and played his second-fewest minutes of the season in his lone appearance during that stretch. While Williams may miss another contest Wednesday, Clifford said Monday that he doesn't think the big man will be sidelined for an extended period, per Perley.
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2022 Fantasy Outlook
The Hornets chose Williams with the 15th overall pick in the 2022 Draft. During his second and final season at Duke in 2021-22, he averaged 11.2 points on a whopping 72.1 percent shooting from the field and 72.7 percent from the charity stripe, 7.4 rebounds (2.6 offensive) and 2.8 blocks in 23.5 minutes. The center was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year and also claimed Third Team All-ACC honors. Though Williams struggled with his shot in five Summer League games (44.1 percent), he demonstrated his rebounding and defensive upside with 7.4 boards and 2.4 combined blocks-plus-steals in 19.4 minutes. His smooth and explosive athleticism and 7-foot-7 wingspan should translate to the NBA right away, and good offensive rebounding is always a nice bonus. The quality free-throw shooting will also help keep him on the court and help fantasy managers, and he may possess some perimeter shooting upside given his proficiency. Even if that doesn't develop and Williams is limited to being a pick-and-roll big on offense, he'll be a great lob target. He should have an opportunity to contribute immediately as a rookie in Charlotte. His main competition is Mason Plumlee, who saw just 24.6 minutes per game last season. P.J. Washington may also spend some time at center, but he projects as the team's starting power forward and should see most of his minutes there. Fantasy managers who want to take a gamble at the end of a draft on a shot-blocking big can look to Williams, though he's probably best suited for deeper formats as a rookie. There could be a true payoff in dynasty/keeper formats as soon as next year with Plumlee's contract expiring.
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Another absence coming
CCharlotte Hornets
Back
February 8, 2024
Williams (back) won't play in Friday's game versus the Bucks.
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Out again Wednesday
CCharlotte Hornets
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February 6, 2024
Williams (back) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Raptors.
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Remains out
CCharlotte Hornets
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February 5, 2024
Williams (back) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Lakers.
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Won't play Sunday
CCharlotte Hornets
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February 4, 2024
Williams (back) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Pacers.
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Ruled out Friday
CCharlotte Hornets
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February 1, 2024
Williams (back) is out for Friday's game against the Thunder.
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