NBA Draft: 2019 Mock 2.0: If the Dallas Mavericks land in top 4
By Kohl Rast
The junior from the University of Tennessee went from a pretty good player that was capable of doing a lot of things to the main leader of one of the most improved teams in the nation. He was rarely the most athletic or most NBA ready player on the court at any given time, and yet he won the SEC Player of the Year award for good reason.
The Brooklyn Nets have one of the most improved players in the league in D’Angelo Russell and they also have a very skilled big man that can run the floor and protect the rim at an elite level. Joe Harris has provided some incredible shooting and Caris LeVert has been a key playmaker for the team. Williams would fit in great as a glue guy or maybe a bench piece to help keep the offense and defense running smoothly.
I have a theory that Grant Williams has never been put in a situation that made him uncomfortable or anxious on the basketball court. The guy was as level-headed as you can be the entire season and helped lead a team that most people were counting out to a two-seed in the tournament. He doesn’t really have any skills that are spectacular but he does everything well.
Williams is pretty undersized for his natural position at power forward. At 6’7″ he does not have the ideal size to defend other fours. He also does not have any sort of three-point range at this point in his game, leaving yet another gap. Even still, his ability to make the right play more often than not will get him on the court some way or another.
Player Comparison: Draymond Green
I personally hate this player comparison because I really like Grant Williams and I really don’t like Draymond Green, but the do-it-all nature of Williams is definitely the way the Warriors use Draymond in an offensive set. Williams would have to hope to be as good a defender as Green has been, but the offensive end looks pretty similar for both guys.
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