Patrick Williams (basketball)

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Patrick Williams
PatrickWilliamsFSU2019 (cropped).jpg
Williams with Florida State in 2019
No. 44 – Chicago Bulls
PositionPower forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (2001-08-26) August 26, 2001 (age 21)
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High schoolWest Charlotte
(Charlotte, North Carolina)
CollegeFlorida State (2019–2020)
NBA draft2020 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Playing career2020–present
Career history
2020–presentChicago Bulls
Career highlights and awards
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Patrick Lee Williams (born August 26, 2001) is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Florida State Seminoles. He was the fourth pick in the 2020 NBA draft.

Early life and high school career[edit]

Williams was born on August 26, 2001, in Charlotte, North Carolina.[1] His parents, Eddie and Janie, played college basketball at Johnson C. Smith University.[2] Williams grew up in Charlotte and attended West Charlotte High School. He was a four-year starter on the Mighty Lions' varsity basketball team. Williams averaged 20.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.8 steals in his junior season.[3] Williams was rated a four-star recruit and a consensus top-50 prospect in his class.[4] Williams committed to play college basketball at Florida State over offers from Arizona, Clemson, Louisville, Maryland, NC State, Ohio State, Texas, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.[5][6][7] As a senior, Williams averaged 22.1 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.8 blocks and 3.1 assists per game and was named the Mecklenburg County Player of the Year by the Charlotte Observer as he led the Lions to the 4A State Championship game.[8] Williams played in the 2019 Jordan Brand Classic.[9] Williams finished his high school career with 1,787 points scored, 749 rebounds and 310 assists over four seasons.[10]

College career[edit]

Williams entered his freshman year rated as 21st-best prospect for the 2020 NBA draft according to ESPN.[11] He spent the season as the Seminoles' sixth man.[12] Williams scored 18 points with four rebounds against Western Carolina followed by a 16-point performance against Tennessee-Chattanooga.[13][14] He scored 14 points and grabbed a career-high nine rebounds in a 65–59 win over North Carolina.[15] The following game, he had 14 points in a 99–81 victory over Miami (Florida).[16] Williams contributed 17 points and seven rebounds in an 80–77 win over Syracuse on February 15.[17] Williams was named to the ACC All-Freshman team and the conference Sixth Man of the Year at the end of the regular season after averaging 9.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and one block per game.[18][19] After the season, Williams declared for the 2020 NBA draft alongside teammate Devin Vassell.[20]

Professional career[edit]

Chicago Bulls (2020–present)[edit]

Williams was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft.[21] On December 23, 2020, Williams made his NBA debut, starting and putting up 16 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in a 124–104 loss against the Atlanta Hawks.[22]

During the Bulls' fifth game of the 2021–22 season against the Knicks, Williams suffered a dislocated wrist. The following day, it was announced that he would need surgery, ruling him out for 4-to-6 months.[23][24]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2020–21 Chicago 71 71 27.9 .483 .391 .728 4.6 1.4 .9 .6 9.2
2021–22 Chicago 17 9 24.8 .529 .517 .732 4.1 .9 .5 .5 9.0
Career 88 80 27.3 .490 .413 .729 4.5 1.3 .8 .6 9.2

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2022 Chicago 5 5 30.6 .468 .333 .727 5.4 .8 1.0 .6 11.8
Career 5 5 30.6 .468 .333 .727 5.4 .8 1.0 .6 11.8

College[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2019–20 Florida State 29 0 22.5 .459 .320 .838 4.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 9.2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wynn, Lana (January 16, 2020). "Patrick Williams: 4 things to know about the Florida State basketball forward". Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved December 20, 2020.
  2. ^ "2020 Draft Prospect: Patrick Williams". NBA.com. Retrieved December 20, 2020.
  3. ^ Demling, Jody (April 28, 2019). "Louisville becoming 'serious' with Charlotte SF Patrick Williams". 247Sports.com. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  4. ^ Page, Fletcher (July 17, 2018). "Louisville basketball among the favorites for 4-star Patrick Williams". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  5. ^ Wertz Jr., Langston (October 6, 2019). "West Charlotte's Patrick Williams, top 40 recruit, picks out of state ACC school". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  6. ^ Snow, Brian (October 6, 2019). "Seminoles nab talented wing Patrick Williams". 247Sports.com. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  7. ^ Biancardi, Paul (October 7, 2018). "What ESPN 100 forward Patrick Williams will bring to Florida State". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 23, 2019.
  8. ^ Wertz Jr., Langston (April 11, 2019). "West Charlotte's Patrick Williams headlines Observer's All-Mecklenburg boys basketball team". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  9. ^ Wertz Jr., Langston (April 19, 2019). "West Charlotte's Patrick Williams, Cox Mill's Wendell Moore in Jordan game Saturday". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved December 23, 2019.
  10. ^ Nee, Chris (September 24, 2019). "Williams projected as first round talent in ESPN NBA mock draft". 247Sports.com. Retrieved December 23, 2019.
  11. ^ Givony, Jonathan (November 4, 2019). "NBA mock draft: Viewer's guide for our top prospects". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 23, 2019.
  12. ^ Smith, Sam (November 18, 2020). "The Bulls select Patrick Williams from Florida State at No. 4". NBA.com. Retrieved December 20, 2020.
  13. ^ Nee, Chris (November 15, 2019). "Patrick Williams comes up big to lead FSU to victory against WCU". 247Sports.com. Retrieved December 23, 2019.
  14. ^ "Devin Vassell, Patrick Williams lead Florida State over Chattanooga". The Florida Times-Union. Associated Press. November 21, 2019. Retrieved December 23, 2019.
  15. ^ "Williams Surges, Defense Stifles In 65-59 Win Over UNC". WTXL.com. February 3, 2020. Retrieved February 5, 2020.
  16. ^ "Walker, Williams lead Florida State's 99-81 rout of Miami". ESPN. Associated Press. February 8, 2020. Retrieved February 9, 2020.
  17. ^ "Williams, Walker carry load as Florida State survives Orange". ESPN. Associated Press. February 15, 2020. Retrieved February 19, 2020.
  18. ^ Kostidakis, Perry (March 9, 2020). "Florida State basketball players named to All-ACC honors". TomahawkNation.com. SB Nation. Retrieved March 9, 2020.
  19. ^ Visser, David (March 9, 2020). "FSU Basketball's Patrick Williams Earns ACC 6th Man of the Year Honors". SI.com. Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  20. ^ "FSU freshman Patrick Williams declares for NBA draft". ESPN. March 27, 2020. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  21. ^ Seigman, Andrew (November 19, 2020). "Bulls draft Florida State forward Patrick Williams at No. 4". Yahoo Sports. Associated Press. Retrieved November 19, 2020.
  22. ^ "Young scores 37 as Hawks pound Bulls 124-104 in opener". ESPN.com. December 23, 2020. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  23. ^ Amico, Sam (October 29, 2021). "Bulls Expected To Lose Patrick Williams For Season". Hoops Wire. Retrieved October 29, 2021.
  24. ^ "Patrick Williams injury: Bulls forward to miss 4-6 months after tearing ligaments in wrist". CBS Sports. Retrieved March 17, 2022.

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