Williams tallied 17 points (7-12 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-4 FT), two rebounds, one assist and one block across 16 minutes during the Knicks' 91-89 win over the Hawks in a Las Vegas Summer League contest Saturday.
Williams' scoring total led the second unit and checked in second only to 2018 first-round pick Kevin Knox's on the night for the Knicks. The 23-year-old showed some promise last season before a fractured jaw shut him down in early April, which led to Williams inking a two-year contract in mid-March. Williams is a versatile wing with a deft shooting touch, and he could certainly see some extended opportunity this coming season on a Knicks squad that figures to be devoid of serious postseason aspirations.
Williams fractured his jaw in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 115-109 loss to the Pistons and will be shut down for the remainder of the season, Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post reports.
Williams becomes the fourth Knicks player to be shut down for the season, joining Kristaps Porzingis (knee), Ron Baker (shoulder) and Joakim Noah (coach's decision). Since joining New York in late February, Williams has emerged as a key rotation player for head coach Jeff Hornacek, averaging 7.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 17.1 minutes per game over 17 contests with the club. His absence should open up more playing time for the likes of Damyean Dotson and Luke Kornet.
Williams registered 11 points (3-8 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT), four rebounds, two assists and one steal across 33 minutes in Saturday's 115-109 loss to the Pistons.
The second-year pro has been providing some serviceable scoring production off the bench on occasion, and he acquitted himself well in his opportunity with the first unit Saturday. Williams wrapped up March -- his most productive month of the season -- with six double-digit scoring efforts and averages of 7.6 points and 3.6 rebounds across 18.4 minutes. With the Knicks having nothing to play for over the last few games of the season, it's conceivable Williams continues to draw starts.
Williams is in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Pistons, Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports.
Williams will move into the lineup at small forward, while coach Jeff Hornacek shifts Lance Thomas to the bench. Williams played 22 minutes in Wednesday's loss to Philadelphia, finishing with five points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Williams scored 11 points (4-9 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-6 FT) while adding seven rebounds, two blocks and an assist in 20 minutes off the bench during Monday's 110-92 win over the Bulls.
Five different members of the Knicks' second unit played 20 or more minutes, but Williams was the only one to score in double digits. The 23-year-old forward has seen at least 20 minutes in four of his last five contests, averaging 12.3 points and 6.0 boards in those games, and he should continue seeing an increased workload down the stretch as the Knicks evaluate whether he has a place on their 2018-19 roster.
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