Williams delivered 13 points (6-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT) and six rebounds across 26 minutes during the Rockets' 87-78 win over the Jazz in a Las Vegas Summer League game Thursday.
Williams stepped up with his best performance in summer league play, tying Gary Clark for second on the team in scoring for the night. The big man turned down a qualifying offer from the Lakers and joined the Rockets in Las Vegas, where he's trying to build a case for a chance to continue battling for a frontcourt rotation spot in the coming season.
Williams was extended a qualifying offer by the Lakers on Wednesday, making him a restricted free agent, Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times reports. If Williams accepts the qualifying offer, he becomes a two-way player.
Williams saw spot run for the Lakers last season, appearing in 24 games and seeing 15.5 minutes per night. It's unlikely he'll see enough of a role increase to become fantasy relevant.
Williams finished with 12 points (5-9 FG, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals across 29 minutes in the Lakers' 104-101 loss to the Trail Blazers on Tuesday.
Williams made good use of his late-season opportunity, finishing off the campaign with four straight double-digit scoring efforts, including two double-doubles. The 23-year-old rookie showed solid promise once he became a regular part of the rotation in early March, making a case for a much more expanded role next season.
Williams tallied 17 points (8-14 FG, 1-3 FT), 13 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 27 minutes in the Lakers' 108-90 loss to the Warriors on Thursday.
Williams co-led the second unit in minutes and turned in a fine performance, setting a new career high in rebounds in the process. The 23-year-old rookie is one of several players benefiting from the Lakers' slew of injuries and player shutdowns, as he's now logged over 20 minutes in three of the past five games. With Kyle Kuzma (foot) potentially sitting over the final three games, Williams could be in line for similar opportunity to Thursday's for what remains of the season.
Williams tallied 18 points (9-16 FG), 10 rebounds, one assist and one block across 29 minutes in the Lakers' 120-107 loss to the Celtics on Saturday.
Williams posted career bests in both scoring and rebounds during what was his ninth appearance of the season overall. The undrafted Gonzaga product has seen plenty of run in the G-League this season, but he's now logged playing time with the Lakers in back-to-back contests. Williams could find himself a regular member of the frontcourt rotation for what remains of the regular season as the team looks to give some of its young players valuable game reps.
Williams posted 25 points (12-16 FG, 1-2 FT), nine rebounds and two assists in the 115-95 win Friday over Austin.
The two-way big man only played 26 minutes, but he still managed to lead the team in scoring, utterly decimating Austin in the paint. Williams wasn't get much run with the Lakers, so it's quite possible the team could keep their center down in the G League for more reps, which should be a major boost for prospective fantasy owners.
Williams was recalled from the G League on Thursday.
Williams will be with the Lakers for Thursday's matchup against the Rockets. He hasn't played in the NBA since Dec. 30, when he was given four minutes against the Kings. It's unlikely he'll see significant run Thursday.
Williams scored 13 points (3-10 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 6-11 FT) and tallied 11 rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal in the 113-106 win Tuesday over the Hustle.
Williams has missed just three games with South Bay this season, averaging 15.4 points and 8.3 rebounds through 28.5 minutes. The forward has seen his scoring drastically decline through the month of December, in part due to the increase in depth along the Lakers' second unit. Still though, it's hard to imagine the two-way player will have a significant run with NBA Lakers if he can't drastically improve his numbers during the second half of the season.
Williams scored 25 points (10-20 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 5-9 FT) to go along with 10 rebounds and two assists in the loss Wednesday to Westchester.
Williams was the one redeeming offensive weapon for South Bay, scoring just over a fourth of the team's total points. The 23-year-old forward is averaging 19.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 blocks through 12 games this season.
Williams registered 24 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in the loss Thursday to Salt Lake City.
Williams has seen minutes with the Lakers and the team's G League affiliate in the past three weeks, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that the center dominated his opposition Thursday. He's unlikely to see a ton of minutes on any given night in the G League considering Williams could be soak up time at the NBA level, but when he's playing he is certainly a relevant fantasy asset in most formats.
Coach Luke Walton said that Williams will "definitely get some more minutes" Wednesday against the Suns, Kyle Goon of the Southern California New Group reports.
Williams turned in a strong performance on Monday, posting eight points, four rebounds and three blocks in just 14 minutes. With Brandon Ingram suspended, it seems as though Williams will look to fill some of the void left with his absence.
Williams posted eight points (4-5 FG, 0-1 FT), four rebounds, three blocks and one assist over 14 minutes during Monday's overtime loss to San Antonio.
Williams saw most of his playing time down the stretch after JaVale McGee fouled out of the game. This likely wouldn't have even happened in the first place had Brandon Ingram not been suspended by the league for four games, but the 23-year-old rookie out of Gonzaga capitalized during the unexpected opportunity and made a decent case for more playing time at the end of the Lakers' rotation.
Williams was waived by the Lakers on Saturday.
Williams was an early camp invite, being signed in late July. He'll look to continue his profession career likely in the G-League or overseas.
Williams signed a contract with the Lakers on Saturday.
The terms of the agreement have not been disclosed, though it seems likely the deal is for training camp. Williams appeared in seven Las Vegas Summer League matchups with LA, averaging 4.4 points and 4.6 rebounds. Last season at Gonzaga, Williams was awarded First Team All-WCC on the back of 13.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.1 blocks across 29.2 minutes.
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