Thunder Guard Jalen Williams Displays Versatility in Preseason Slate

Thunder Guard Jalen Williams Displays Versatility in Preseason Slate

Twelfth overall selection of the 2022 NBA draft Jalen Wilkins proved Presti was willing take a chance on a third lottery pick in their preseason slate.

A junior from Santa Clara, Williams saw the draft stock rise in his last season and was eventually selected by the Thunder in the first round.

After a strong showing in the Summer League, it was clear that Williams was going to be a key part of the OKC team.

It’s obvious that this is true after a five-game preseason slate.

Williams finished as the third leading scorer overall for Oklahoma City, averaging 14.4 points in five games in just 26.3 minutes. He shot 61 percent from the field and just 22 percent from beyond the arc.

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In the final contest, Williams poured on 21 points on 7-for-8 shooting against the Spurs, showcasing several different ways he can score the basketball.

He played a variety roles throughout the games. He was a cutter, slasher and, as the games progressed, he became a primary creator.

But Williams also showed his value beyond scoring. He finished only behind second-year guard Josh Giddey in assists, averaging 5.2 per game and topping out at 13 in one contest.

At 6-foot-6 and 7-foot tall, Williams showed his exceptional ability to guard any position. He averaged 1.8 steals to compliment his solid defense.

At 21-years-old, Williams is older than most rookies general Manager Sam Presti has taken chances on, but it’s clear he’s going to be a pivotal part of the rebuild moving forward.

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