The 2020 NBA Draft will be an important event for teams to build for their future. Here is the Patrick Williams 2020 NBA Draft Profile.
Size: 6-foot-8, 225 pounds
School: Florida State
Williams was a five-star recruit who joined a very deep Florida State program for his one season of college basketball. He spent one season coming off the bench for the Seminoles, but was able to show off his talents enough to get noticed by the NBA.
Florida State was so deep last season, Williams didn’t start one game. He was still able to average 9.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game, while playing 22.5 minutes per game. One of his standout performances came against Syracuse, when he had 17 points and seven rebounds. His play helped Florida State have a great season, as they went 26-5 and looked to be National Championship contenders before the season was canceled due to COVID-19.
His abilities were on full display when he was on the court for the Seminoles and it was enough for him to decide to leave for the NBA after the season. Williams is currently projected to be a mid to late first-round pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
At 6-foot-8 and a 6-foot-11 wingspan, Williams has the size and length to play both the small forward and the power forward position in the NBA. This is especially nice in the NBA today, as it gives teams lineup flexibility. If they want to go small, they can put him at the four or if they want to go big they can play him at the three. His size and versatility will give him extra opportunities in the pros.
Williams has good athleticism, which makes him even more versatile. He can run and jump very well, helping him make an impact in a variety of ways. He has the body control to handle the ball well, the speed to be a threat to get out in transition and the jumping ability to finish above the rim. His athleticism helps him on defense as well, as he can guard on the perimeter and block shots.
While he isn’t the best sharpshooter in the class, he is solid for his size. He shot 32 percent from three-point range at Florida State last season. Williams also shows good form that could help him improve his percentages in the NBA. If he continues to work on his shot, he can really stretch the floor for a team and make his team better.
His performances at Florida State were inconsistent. This may be because he came off the bench, but he had a tendency to disappear for games. He had just two points in games against Louisville and Miami. A player of his caliber should be able to score more even when coming off the bench, as he played more than 17 minutes in each of those contests. He’ll have to prove that he can be reliable for NBA teams to believe in him enough to put him on the floor a lot.
Williams didn’t perform well at times, but he could fix this by being more assertive on the offensive end of the floor. This includes getting more shots up, but also not settling for threes. Williams needs to focus on getting the ball to the basket. There were games where he took as few as four shots in over 20 minutes played. A player of his talent needs to find a way to get up more shots.
While his size and athleticism are positives, this could lead to Williams being a tweener without a real fit on an NBA team. He doesn’t have a great post up game, doesn’t finish at the rim consistently and could struggle to guard bigger players, which could limit his ability to be a big. Williams doesn’t dribble great, doesn’t set up others well and could have trouble guarding quicker players on the perimeter for a wing player.
Projected Draft Range: Mid to Late First Round Pick
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