Williams drew the start at shooting guard in Friday's 98-94 preseason loss to the Suns, scoring eight points (2-6 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), two rebounds, an assist, three steals and a block over 21 minutes.
It's not yet known whether head coach Luke Walton will have Williams open up the season in the starting five over Jordan Clarkson, but neither made a very encouraging case in the preseason finale. Williams finishes the exhibition slate with four straight single-digit scoring outings after averaging nearly 17 points per game over the first trio of contests, and has shot just 9-for-30 in his recent lackluster stretch. Regardless of Walton's decision, both Williams and Clarkson figure to see plenty of playing time in the backcourt rotation in the coming season.
Jordan Clarkson is getting the night off, which made a spot available for Williams in the starting lineup. The veteran figures to provide a spark off the bench for the Lakers heading into the season, but could see his role increase if either of the Lakers' young guards struggle early on.
Williams will not play in Saturday's preseason game against the Warriors to rest, Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Williams has been starting at the shooting guard position in front of Jordan Clarkson as head coach Luke Walton experiments with lineups prior to the start of the regular season. Now, with Williams taking the night off, look for Clarkson to be put back into that starting position and potentially see more minutes as a result. Nick Young could potentially see some extended action as well.
Williams recorded 25 points (8-15 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 5-5 FT), three rebounds and two assists across 29 minutes in Sunday's 124-115 preseason win over the Nuggets.
Williams isn't as valued a member of the Lakers' long-term backcourt core as D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Brandon Ingram, but when he gets on the floor, he's often going to dominate the ball. That's been the case through his three preseason games, as he's hit double figures in the scoring column each time. In those contests, Williams is averaging 16.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.0 three-pointers in 24.0 minutes per game, while hitting 18-of-20 free-throw attempts.
Williams didn't have an efficient shooting night, but his ability to get to the free-throw line -- something he succeeded at last season -- helped him post a game-high scoring total. The veteran started at shooting guard while Jordan Clarkson came off the bench, but coach Luke Walton deemed it as a temporary arrangement. During the upcoming campaign, Williams is expected to serve as the