Williams totaled nine points (4-7 FG, 1-4 3Pt), 12 rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block in 34 minutes during Thursday's 131-122 victory over Oklahoma City. Williams got things going again Thursday after turning in a stinker during his previous game. He hauled down a team-high 12 rebounds, helping the Pelicans to a much-needed victory. Williams appears entrenched as the teams starting small forward and should continue to flirt with 12-team value down the stretch, given his ability to contribute across the board.
Williams finished with two points (1-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt), seven rebounds and one steal across 32 minutes during Tuesday's 118-88 loss to the Magic. The Pelicans as a whole were out of sorts, shooting just 38.3 percent from the field, and it's possible the presence of Anthony Davis -- 17 points on 17 shots over the past two games -- is affecting the team. Still, there's a strong chance Williams' performance ends up as an outlier, as the rookie was averaging 13.7 points on 47.6 percent shooting across his previous six appearances. He'll look to bounce back after the All-Star break.
Williams totaled 10 points (4-10 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 13 rebounds, seven assists, and one block in 37 minutes during Saturday's 99-90 loss to the Grizzlies. Williams continues to thrive as a member of the starting five, putting up the first double-double of his career in Saturday's loss. The undrafted rookie has demonstrated the ability to contribute across the board and it appears as though the Pelicans are going to run with him to see what they have. Based on his recent playing time and subsequent production, he should be rostered in most formats.
Williams put up 19 points (6-10 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 3-3 FT), six rebounds, two assists and one block across 37 minutes Friday in the Pelicans' 122-117 win over the Timberwolves. Williams' rest-of-season outlook is still in flux while the team waits for E'Twaun Moore to shake off a quadriceps injury, but the undrafted rookie out of TCU has thus far made a good argument to hold down a steady rotation spot moving forward. He's now earned 30-plus minutes over each of the last six games and has performed well on the whole with averages of 13.3 points (on 50 percent shooting from the field), 8.8 rebounds, 2.5 triples, 2.7 assists and 1.2 blocks. At least for the time being, it looks like the Pelicans will proceed with Williams as their starting power forward in light of coach Alvin Gentry's preference to split up Anthony Davis and Julius Randle.
Williams is starting Monday against Indiana, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Williams will get the start over Solomon Hill, who's struggled to a 5.4 ppg and 3.2 rpg average during his brief five-game stint with the first unit. The Pelicans will ride the hot hand by including Williams with the starters Monday night against a highly regarded Indiana defense, as he's finished with double-digit scoring totals in each of his previous two matchups.
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