The Chicago Bulls drafted Florida State’s Patrick Williams, and to say there have been blended evaluations from followers could be an understatement. Williams has the look of a do-it-all combo-forward whose dimension (6’8″ 225 kilos), athleticism, and defensive prowess will make him a glue man at worst and a doubtlessly particular expertise at greatest.
Nonetheless, he’s the second-youngest participant within the draft. He wasn’t the most well-liked title and fairly frankly, most informal basketball followers hadn’t heard of him earlier than Wednesday night time. That’s a recipe for an inflow of knee-jerk reactions and Bulls Twitter had no scarcity of it all through the night time and into the morning.
At the very least one analyst begs to vary, or on the very least, strongly advises Bulls Nation to pump their breaks on any hasty detrimental selections. First, let’s check out the misinformed slander.
Detrimental Twitter Response to Patrick Williams Choice
The memes, gifs, and off-the-cuff feedback have been aplenty. Listed here are a number of of them:
“The Bulls choose Patrick Williams”
All of Chicago: pic.twitter.com/z4TRs0DJ2s
— Pink Line Radio (@RedLineRadio) November 19, 2020
If the Bulls take Patrick Williams man pic.twitter.com/WhSJunlR8o
— Austin (@threepeatbulls) November 19, 2020
Patrick Williams is a 2k generated title. Strong 80 total in 10 years
— MJs GOAT (@MjsGoat) November 19, 2020
The primary shocker of this 2020 Draft — the Bulls take Patrick Williams. pic.twitter.com/K5hA1OGJ0Q
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) November 19, 2020
I attempt to not submit my very own tweets right here, however I can’t assist myself this time as I imagine it’s essential to level out these ridiculous assessments from non-experts.
SO many individuals pay nearly no consideration 2 NBA prospects do not know how 2 consider expertise & base their whole evaluation on what they’ve heard or spotlight reels…but they ? scouts & GMs. I perceive some dont know Patrick Williams however r u knowledgeable sufficient 2 crap on him? #Bulls
— Brian Mazique (@UniqueMazique) November 19, 2020
David Kaplan: “F’ing Calm down”
ESPN 1000’s David Kaplan, a long-time hoops analyst shared the same sentiment, however he wasn’t as good about together with his message to those that are being prematurely essential of the Williams choice.
I discover it amusing that so lots of you on the market don’t just like the Bulls choose. You don’t have any thought who Patrick Williams is. Child is the 2nd youngest participant within the draft. A number of NBA sources say groups tried to commerce in entrance of the Bulls to seize him. F’ing Calm down. Let’s see how this goes.
— David Kaplan (@thekapman) November 19, 2020
The very fact is, we’re all in a wait-and-see mode with Williams. The tape seems to be fairly spectacular, however some are slowed down with the truth that he wasn’t a starter and averaged lower than 10 factors per sport. Most of them don’t perceive the dynamics of the Florida State system, nor do they notice that’s not an indictment on Williams’ expertise, and it actually doesn’t dictate his ceiling.
Reasonable Participant Comparisons
As I’ve watched video of him on Wednesday night time and Thursday morning, I’m getting a really feel for his expertise, and I have to say I’m extra impressed with every passing minute. Williams has glorious core power, which permits him to carry his floor within the submit.
He’s additionally fast and agile n the open flooring and as a defender. That is why he tasks as a participant who can defend 4 positions, or presumably 5. That capacity provides Williams a really acceptable flooring projection. If he doesn’t get harm, which is all the time a priority with any participant, I can simply see him as an OG Anunoby-style participant. Their construct and athleticism ranges are comparable.
On the highest finish of his player-comp is Los Angeles Clippers famous person Kawhi Leonard. Folks are inclined to overlook Leonard was the 15th choose total again in 2011. He was purely a defender/slasher who couldn’t shoot from distance.
He had the identical form of quiet demeanor that seemingly endeared Williams to the Bulls and different groups who reportedly proven curiosity in drafting him. I’m not saying Williams goes to show into Leonard, however I’m saying, the whole story of a prospect isn’t informed on draft day.