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Western Southwest Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
11-8 4-6 L2
12-10 6-4 W1
8-9 4-6 L3
5-14 4-6 L1
3-16 0-10 L14

2023 Stats

Minutes Per Game
Points Per Game
Field Goal Percentage
Rebounds Per Game
Assists Per Game
Regular Season 22.4 8.7 39.1 4.5 1.4

Top Ziaire Williams News

  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Listed as doubtful

    Williams is considered doubtful for Saturday's matchup with the Suns due to an illness.

    Williams will need a quick turnaround in order to get the green light and does not appear to be trending in that direction. Still, final word on his status is unlikely until closer to tipoff. Should he indeed sit out, some combination of John Konchar, David Roddy and Santi Aldama figure to eat up his minutes.

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Will not play

    Williams (illness) will not play in Saturday's game against the Suns, Michael Wallace of the Grizzlies' official site reports.

    Williams was previously carrying a doubtful tag, so it's not a surprise to see this update. The Grizzlies are very thin these days, so they'll likely use a committee approach to soak up the available minutes. John Konchar, David Roddy and Santi Aldama are some of the candidates to see increased minutes.

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Scores 13 points off bench

    Williams produced 13 points (4-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT) and two rebounds over 20 minutes during Wednesday's 111-91 loss to the Rockets.

    Williams has played at least 20 minutes in four straight games. During that stretch, he's averaged 11.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 23.8 minutes per game. As long as Memphis remains banged up, Williams has a clear path to consistent playing time, though it's unclear if he'll be able to reclaim the starting spot he held to begin 2023-24.

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Gets minor bench role in return

    Williams (hip) played nine minutes and recorded zero points (0-4 FG, 0-3 3Pt), one rebound and one assist in Sunday's 105-101 win over the Clippers.

    Despite missing just one game due to his left hip strain, Williams lost out on his starting spot in his return after he had played off the top unit in each of his previous eight appearances of the season. The third-year forward failed to impress during his time on the court, and it's unclear if the Grizzlies are incentivized to move him back to the top unit anytime soon. The Grizzlies have deployed second-year point guard Jacob Gilyard in the starting five in the last two games in Williams' stead, and Gilyard has proven to be a pest on the defensive end (four assists) while posting 11 assists against just two turnovers.

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Set for Sunday return

    Williams (hip) isn't listed on the injury report ahead of Sunday's game against the Clippers.

    Williams was held out of Friday's clash against Utah due to a left hip strain, but it'll end up being a brief absence for the Stanford product. He should slot back into the starting five at small forward during his return.

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Downgraded to out

    Williams (hip) won't play in Friday's game versus Utah, Chris Herrington of The Daily Memphian reports.

    Williams will miss his first game of the season after being downgraded from questionable to out with a left hip strain. David Roddy and John Konchar are candidates to receive extended minutes in his absence. Williams' next chance to suit up is Sunday's matchup with the Clippers.

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Questionable vs. Jazz

    Williams is questionable for Friday's game against the Jazz due to a strained left hip.

    Williams is in the midst of the biggest role of his career, so his potential absence will significantly affect Memphis' rotation, especially with John Konchar (hip) also questionable and Jake LaRavia (toe) doubtful. That's in addition to the continued absence of Xavier Tillman (knee). Absences to Williams and/or Konchar could provide extra opportunities to David Roddy, Santi Aldama and Luke Kennard.

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Posts 13 points in OT loss

    Williams ended with 13 points (5-8 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal over 27 minutes before fouling out of Friday's 115-113 overtime loss to the Trail Blazers.

    Williams continues to start at the four, but the situation is bound to change when Ja Morant (suspension) returns. Marcus Smart is playing well enough for a full-time role, and since he has extensive experience as an off-guard, the Grizzlies may end up employing Smart, Morant and Desmond Bane against certain opponents. Those considering Williams on their fantasy roster should take the variance into account before making room for him.

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Records double-double in loss

    Williams logged 16 points (6-14 FG, 4-12 3Pt), 10 rebounds and one assist across 34 minutes during Saturday's 113-106 loss to Washington.

    Williams is enjoying an excellent start to the season as the Grizzlies' starting small forward, scoring in double digits in each of his last two outings and posting his first double-double of the campaign Saturday. Williams is likely to move back to the bench at some point, especially when Ja Morant (suspension) is ready to return, but he's making the most of his opportunities so far. Williams is averaging 12.0 points and 7.7 rebounds per game over his first three appearances.

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Option exercised

    The Grizzliespicked up Williams' fourth-year team option Monday.

    This was essentially a formality, as Williams is projected to have a big role this season and is the favorite to open the season as the starting small forward. He looked sharp in the preseason, averaging 12.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.8 three-pointers per game.

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Moves into starting five

    Williams will start Friday's preseason game against the Bucks.

    David Roddy started the previous preseason game for Memphis, but now it's Williams' turn to showcase his talents. The battle for the starting small forward role still appears to be wide open, as Roddy and Williams have both had strong preseasons.

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Strong from three to lead bench

    Williams finished with 19 points (7-10 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), three rebound and two assists over 21 minutes in Sunday's 132-124 preseason loss to Miami.

    Williams has been dominant off the Grizzlies bench during the preseason, once again showcasing his offensive ability in Sunday's loss to Miami while leading all bench players in scoring and threes made. Williams has connected on four threes in two straight outings, tallying 10 or more points in three of four appearances in the preseason.

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Scores 12 points as starter

    Williams notched 12 points (4-8 FG, 4-7 3Pt), three rebounds and a block across 15 minutes in Thursday's 103-102 preseason loss to the Hawks.

    Williams had a solid display on both ends of the court, and he's making his presence felt as a defensive presence who can also knock down threes. He's showing enough progress to potentially become a depth piece in the rotation this season, though a best-case scenario for him would be to play around 10 to 15 minutes off the bench while backing up both forward spots.

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Shows defensive prowess

    Williams tallied 10 points (4-9 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two assists, one rebound, one steal and one block in 24 minutes during Tuesday's 108-102 preseason win over the Bucks.

    Williams got the start in Tuesday's preseason contest with many of the Grizzlies' regulars sitting out. While the third-year forward is still struggling with his outside shot, his defensive potential could allow him to receive playing time in a depth role off the bench this season.

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Starting in preseason contest

    Williams is in the starting lineup for Tuesday's preseason game versus the Bucks, Damichael Cole of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.

    Williams will replace Luke Kennard in the starting five Tuesday. While Williams could receive significant playing time during the preseason, the third-year forward is unlikely to serve more than a depth role once the regular season rolls around.

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Will come off bench

    Williams will come off the bench for Sunday's Game 1 versus the Lakers, Harrison Faigen of reports.

    Williams started Memphis' final regular-season game, but with all the main guys cleared for Sunday, Williams could drop from the rotation entirely.

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Flirts with double-double in finale

    Williams supplied 24 points (9-19 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four rebounds, nine assists and one block over 33 minutes during Sunday's 115-100 loss to Oklahoma City.

    Due in part to battling injuries early on, Williams saw his playing time decrease in his sophomore season, seeing action in only 37 games after a respectable rookie campaign. Sunday's contest marked his best game of the season by a wide margin, but despite his solid contribution, his participation in the playoffs will be very limited.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-9, 185 lbs
Birthplace: Lancaster, CA
Age: 22
School: Stanford
Experience: 2