Williams supplied 17 points (4-11 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 7-9 FT), four assists and three steals over 26 minutes in Saturday's 142-130 win over the Timberwolves.
The change of scenery from Los Angeles to Houston hasn't slowed down Williams a bit, as he's averaged 22 points over 26.5 minutes in his two contests in a Rockets uniform. His playing time remains right in line with what he was regularly seeing with the Lakers, even as the Rockets find ways to incorporate fellow veteran sharpshooter Eric Gordon into the mix, allaying fears for fantasy owners of both players thus far.
Williams tallied 27 points (9-16 FG, 7-11 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds and two assists across 25 minutes in Thursday's 129-99 win over the Pelicans.
With James Harden only posting 13 points and 14 assists Thursday, this box score solidifies Williams' sixth man status, and he simply couldn't have a better showing. Thr Rockets will get this kind of production going forward if Harden continues dishing him the ball.
It was initially reported that Williams would sit out Thursday's game but he's now been made available. That being said, he likely won't see more than a few minutes in his first game with Houston.
Williams won't be available to play in Thursday's game against the Pelicans, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Williams was traded to the Rockets on Tuesday in exchange for Corey Brewer and a draft pick, but it appears the Rockets will give him some extra time to get settled in and will hold him out Thursday. The Rockets fully expect Williams to take part in practice Friday and then make his debut with the team on Saturday against the Timberwolves. With Williams sitting out and Brewer no longer in the fold, Eric Gordon will have to play a huge role off the bench, while Sam Dekker could also temporarily get some extra run.
The Rockets acquired Williams from the Lakers late Tuesday in exchange for Corey Brewer and an unprotected 2017 first-round pick, but due to the timing of physical with his new team, it doesn't look like coach Mike D'Antoni is planning on having the veteran guard at his disposal right away. Look for Williams to instead make his Rockets debut against the Timberwolves on Saturday, when he's expected to combine with sixth man Eric Gordon to form a potent offensive backcourt duo on the second unit. With 18.6 points and 17.2 points per game, respectively, Williams and Gordon are the top two bench scorers in the NBA this season.