Height/Weight: 6’7, 236 lbs
The reigning SEC player of the year has many strengths in his offensive game. Williams mostly operates on the blocks and short corners. He is very physical and seems to always get a good post-up position for an entry pass by using his big body and spinning off of his defender. Once he has the ball in the low post, he has shown that he can score in multiple ways by either turning around and hitting a fade away jump-shot or by using his frame and aggressive nature to bully defenders until he gets to the rim.
One of Williams’s biggest attributes to his scoring prowess is his ability to draw fouls and get to the free throw line, where he is above average at converting. Another thing we love about Grant Williams’s game is that he runs the floor very well for his size. Physicality is everything with him. It helps him be a great screen setter too where he has shown a tremendous ability to read the play and slip off the screen when needed.
Williams has also increased his activity on the offensive and defensive glass by being a more tenacious rebounder which is something we’d been waiting to see.
A few weaknesses that stick out in Williams’s game are his on the ball defense, closing out on jump shots, ball handling, and his size. At 6’7 Williams would most likely be a small forward in the NBA. However, his primary position on Tennessee is power forward. Williams is definitely strong with the ball in the paint, however, he does not seem comfortable dribbling it up the court whatsoever.
He also does not seem comfortable extending his shot out to the three point range yet. These two skill sets are crucial for an undersized collegiate power forward to have because those skills will make him a more valuable draft prospect for NBA teams.
Another thing to notice about Williams is his defensive stance. When Williams is guarding the ball he is mostly upright instead of being down in a better defensive position so that he can move his feet to stop the ball. When Tennessee goes into their 2-3 zone they place Williams on the bottom wing. When the ball gets into the corner Williams seems undisciplined as he falls for many up fakes from guards.
In his junior year, Williams does look like he has a lot of draft potential. However, in order for him to be drafted he needs to add the ability to handle the ball and an extended jump shot/three-point shot to his arsenal. This will make him a more complete offensive weapon and teams will be excited by this because he would fit well in the NBA as a small ball power forward and he would have the versatility to play small forward. Williams is mostly known for his offensive dominance, however, he has some work to do on the defensive end. If Williams can learn to play better on ball defense and have more discipline when closing out on jump shots then he will be a very solid draft prospect. He’s definitely someone to monitor this season.