Hurt 1. Lack of Consistency
At the beginning of the 2022-23 NBA season, Williams averaged 24.6 minutes per game. In November, that number increased to 29.4 minutes. That same month, he scored 8.5 points while shooting 48 percent from the field.
Fast forward to January, and his numbers began to decline. During the start of the new year, Williams's minutes fell to 27.9. His shooting took a hit, as he made 41 percent of his attempts.
By April, he was playing 17.8 minutes per game while shooting 33.3 percent overall. His point average dropped to a season-low 4.3.
In the playoffs, things were even shakier. Against the Atlanta Hawks, Williams played in 12 minutes per game and averaged 5.7 points per game on 62.5 percent shooting. However, against the Philadelphia 76ers, his shooting woes dipped once again. Against Philadelphia, Williams knocked in 35.7 percent of his attempts, as he played in 13.2 minutes.
He had his worst in game 3 of the series, when he missed all three of his field goal attempts.
His lack of consistency seemed to be a concern in Boston. On any given day, he could go from knocking down 50 percent of his shots to 16.7 percent of his attempts. There was a stretch in March where Williams' shooting percentages were 66.7, 37.5, 20, and 28.6.
While Dallas does not need him to drop 20 points a game, having a consistent role is crucial if the team hopes to take that next step.