Though the Memphis Grizzlies are amid quite a lackluster 2023-24 campaign that has them nearly 20 games under .500 (18-36) and heading toward the lottery, there still have been a number of bright spots on the year, with perhaps the most noteworthy being the emergence of sophomore Vince Williams Jr.
Initially attached to a two-way pact, with the club's slew of injuries and key-player absences the wing has managed to come across ample playing time within coach Taylor Jenkins' rotation.
With his opportunities, Williams has managed to prove himself as a highly capable two-way contributor and, in turn, has earned both a full-scale contract with the organization and, most recently, a selection to the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend.
An ascension that has seemingly everyone linked to the Grizzlies organization excited, during a February 13 episode of The Jessica Benson Show, Grind City Media analyst Michael Wallace heaped praise upon the 23-year-old and acknowledged that, in his eyes, this is only the beginning of what could wind up being a truly inspiring and successful career for Williams.
Memphis Grizzlies wing Vince Williams Jr. "only scratching the surface"
"When you look at everything he's added to his game, incrementally from the start of the season to now, you're talking about a guy that's easily getting five, six, seven, eight, nine assists just because the team needs a point guard. Every time the Grizzlies have needed something from Vince Williams Jr., or just in general to be provided, he's stepped up and done it: perimeter defense, three-point shooting, facilitating. The guy's a Swiss Army Knife man and I think he's still only scratching the surface."- Michael Wallace
A player who, as coach Jenkins said, has "continuously shown progress" throughout his tenure with the Grizzlies, Williams has improved his overall game in virtually every way as the season has rolled along, and, over the past 14 games, he has been posting electrifying averages of 16.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 1.4 steals while shooting a highly efficient 50.3 percent from the floor and 40.8 percent from deep.
Already being compared to the likes of franchise legend Tony Allen, if this version of the wing is "only scratching the surface" of his full potential then opposing teams should fear for what he might be able to do as the years continue on.