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Patrick Williams Draft Profile

Patrick Williams – Forward – Florida State

Pros

  • Great defender. He’s got a high IQ and a great motor; he’s always engaged. He can protect the rim and defend in space. His strength, athleticism, and length all help him out on defense and give him a lot of potential here.
  • Nice rebounder, especially on the offensive glass. He’s got nice instincts and a great motor as a rebounder.
  • Doesn’t wow you as a finisher, but he’s fairly efficient around the rim.
  • Great ball handler who has shown flashes as a playmaker.
  • Definitely has some question marks as a shooter, but he also has potential. His form is improving, and he’s got a really nice midrange shot. He also shot 84% from the freethrow line last season, but that was on just 74 attempts all season.
  • Still very young. He just turned 19 years old.

Cons

  • Gets called for too many travels due to his raw footwork.
  • Plays way too stiff on defense which hinders his lateral quickness. Not too mention, his footwork still needs work, and he tends to over gamble at times. He’s still a plus defender with boundless potential, but this hinders his overall defense and leads to some occasional lapses.
  • Still has a lot of questions as a shooter. He shot just 32% from three last season on 50 total attempts. Not to mention, he still needs to find his consistency in his form, and his release is too slow. But, as I said earlier, the potential is there to be capable from downtown. 

Player Overview

Patrick Williams is definitely a prospect you’re rolling the dice with if you pick him, but the promise and potential is certainly there. He’s still very young, he’s got great physical tools, and he’s solid in a lot of areas in his game, such as defense, rebounding, ball handling, cutting, and finishing at the rim. With that being said, he needs to become a more consistent defender by playing less stiff and gambling less to eliminate defensive lapses, and he needs to improve his footwork. Not to mention, the development of his three point shot will ultimately determine his upside. 

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