Heading into a pivotal third season with the Memphis Grizzlies, all eyes seem to be on Ziaire Williams, as the hope is he can finally put the pieces of his game together and prove why he was worthy of being a top-10 selection back in the 2021 NBA Draft.
Earlier in the preseason, the 22-year-old proclaimed during a postgame interview “I’m ready” when asked what he was trying to show his peers and coaching staff. Now, through four bouts played, it seems as though his two-word message has only strengthened, as Williams is showing that he, in fact, may just be ready to finally live up to his lottery status.
Grizzlies wing Ziaire Williams backing up his “I’m ready” message in preseason
Most recently, Williams went on to drop 19 points against the Miami Heat on October 15 all while shooting a highly efficient 70.0 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from deep. He would also 3 boards and dish out 2 assists.
With this turnout, since the game where he made his remarks the former Stanford standout is boasting impressive averages of 13.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and just shy of a block on 55.6 percent shooting from the floor and 52.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
Of course, all of this is followed by his initial comments made back during the early stages of training camp where he opened up about the personal improvements he believes he has been making within his respective game.
Now, with just over a week remaining between now and the regular season’s tip-off against the New Orleans Pelicans, it appears Williams is setting himself up for a rather sizeable role within the rotation for the Grizzlies and, perhaps, even a starting nod.