His relaxed, instinctual play was a joy for Bulls fans to watch during a meaningless regular-season game that carried no weight on the Bulls’ playoff seeding.
Maybe that’s why he played better? Not to mention, he was the only starter that played.
Nevertheless, his role in the playoffs just got larger. He should play an exceptional amount of minutes and become a larger part of the offense.
What about the long-term future for Williams?
As the Bulls enter their inevitable first-round loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in a best-of-seven contest, they look to the future quicker than others.
If you disagree with the previous statement, let’s be real. The Bulls are 0-4 against the Bucks this year and they are the defending champions from last season.
Williams’s performance and development will be monitored under a microscope for the next two years.
His development took a step back from his two injuries this season, as he will see 24 games at maximum this season. (The 24 games would mean the Bulls/Bucks series goes to seven games.)
Williams still has two years on his rookie contract and will become eligible for a qualifying offer after that.
Next season will be imperative for Williams.