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Looking at Patrick Williams's future - Issue #3

Looking at Patrick Williams's future - Issue #3
By Ryan Taylor • Issue #3 • View online
Patrick Williams’s first two years in the league have been abnormal.
The North Carolina native was drafted out of Florida State with the fourth pick in the 2020 NBA draft. The Chicago Bulls’ new regime of Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley (known as AKME) saw an effective two-way player in the 19-year old Williams.
In his first season, he started every one of the 71 games he played. He was impressive on the offensive end, averaging 9.2 points per game on just under 50 percent shooting.
Williams also became the Bulls’ best defender immediately upon joining the team. He was assigned to guard their opponents’ best offensive weapons nightly, including guys like LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard.
By the season’s end, he earned second-team All-Rookie honors from the NBA awards, solidifying his high draft spot.

NBA Communications
The 2020-21 NBA All-Rookie Second Team:

🏀 Desmond Bane
🏀 Isaac Okoro
🏀 Immanuel Quickley
🏀 Isaiah Stewart
🏀 Patrick Williams
Last summer, Williams went to work.
He played in the Bulls’ summer league alongside the cast of the Windy City Bulls.
Williams averaged 21 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists, shooting 43.8 percent from three-point range (5.3 attempts per game) in 34.3 minutes per game.
He showed plenty of aggression, dominance and control of the offense in the summer league. One of the biggest drawbacks of his freshman year was hesitating to shoot the ball. But, he improved on that in the summer league.
Chicago Bulls
“Honestly, I wanted the ball in the last seconds.”

Patrick Williams scored six points in the final 91 seconds to help secure the Summer League W.

@SamSmithHoops game recap:
By the beginning of training camp, Williams reached a bump in the road.
He sprained his ankle during an optional, individual workout in early September, sidelining him just up until the beginning of the season.
Then, another speed bump.
In his fifth game of the year, Williams broke his wrist, costing him 65 games of the 2021-22 season.
During his absence, plenty of questions arose about Williams.
Will his development take a step backward? Will he be able to answer the questions already surrounding him? Will he be ready in time for a deep playoff push?
The validity of those questions sparked ideas about Williams’s future on the team.
Rumors surfaced about AKME trading away Williams near the trade deadline. The main one, in particular, was sending him to Detroit for Jerami Grant – a proven, high-scoring veteran with defensive capabilities.
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Teams with championship aspirations are routinely calling Detroit about Jerami Grant, sources tell @JLEdwardsIII.

The Pistons were high on Bulls forward Patrick Williams in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Is there a deal to be done?

The trade never happened and Williams returned to the lineup on Mar. 21 versus the Toronto Raptors.
Williams was greeted with a standing ovation and cheers at the United Center as he returned to the floor with a new haircut and a fresh start to the end of the season.
His first games were rusty. He didn’t reach double-digit points until his seventh game back and his defensive play was shoddy.
Head coach Billy Donovan even questioned the idea of Williams getting more playing time, especially come playoff time.
Yet, during the final game of the regular season, Williams proved to himself, Donovan and Bulls fans that he belongs.
He scored a career-high 35 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves, leading the Bulls to its final regular season win of the year.
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.
Not to mention, his defense will be necessary, considering the Bulls allow 112 points per game to their opponents on average, ranking 16th in the NBA.
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.
I digress.
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.
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Ryan Taylor

Hello! This issue focuses on Chicago Bulls news, film analysis, columns, and rumors. On an as-need publication basis, this newsletter will provide Chicago Bulls fans with interesting reads about their favorite NBA team.

As for myself, Ryan Taylor, I am a graduating senior from DePaul University studying journalism. I have worked several positions in sports writing with, Fansided, and Sports Mockery. I have reporting experience with The DePaulia too.

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