Selected No. 22 by the Portland Trailblazers
NBA Position: Point Guard/Shooting Guard
Hometown: Collierville, TN
High School: St. Georges
NBA Comparison: Jason Terry
Strengths: A smooth lefty that transferred from Duke to Memphis for personal reasons; the transfer turned Williams from a specialist to a star. Williams is a very long athlete, which helps him defend multiple positions better than most players in basketball today. A combo guard at the next level, he can handle the ball effectively and score in bunches. On top of that, Williams is a high energy kid who plays hard every minute and leaves his signature on each game. Not a great shooter, but a “game shooter,” he has improved as a shooter while getting plenty in-game practice.
Weaknesses: Tie your weak hand behind your back and try to score 20 points a night in the NCAA in a mid-major conference – that is Elliot Williams. Williams plays only with his left hand and has not yet learned how to finish consistently with his right. Currently he is primarily a slasher and a limited scorer. An improved shooter, he is not a finished product. In the NBA Williams won’t have a primary position, but to be a shooting guard he will need to bulk up to guard the much larger athletes on a nightly basis. Another year as the focal point of the offense could help Williams’ overall game.