Monday, December 31, 2007

Terrence Williams - NBA Draft Prospects

Numbers: 11.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.3 spg, 2.9 t/o's, 41% FG, 57% FT, 34% 3's

About Him: Terrence Williams had a relatively disappointing junior season. He put up similar numbers (less scoring, more assists) to his sophomore year, and really didn't improve his all-around game that much. He is a phenomenal athlete, standing 6'6" and a chiseled 215lb and has tremendous quickness, both with his first step and laterally, and the ability to jump out of the gym (didn't believe me?). He is an outstanding playmaker as well, averaging 4.5 assists. His quickness allows him to get to the rim on just about any player in the country, however he has a tendency to settle for his jumpshot, which while greatly improved is still below average. This is evidenced by the fact that he shot four 3's a game while only taking three free throws a game. Defensively, he is very good. His lateral quickness allows him to stay in front his man, while he also excels at jumping the passing lanes, however he picks his spots well and doesn't gamble for steals too often. Playing is Rick Pitino's defensive system has obviously helped him learn all aspects of defense.

Comparisons: Andre Iguodala, Caron Butler (smaller, more athletic)

Bottom Line: Williams made the correct decision. While he has improved his shot selection, he still has a tendency to hoist jumpers as opposed to getting to the rim. If he can improve this to the point where he consistently attacks the rim, he could work his way up to the end of the lottery in the 2009 draft.

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