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Fifty-one days after the Bulls voted him fourth overall on the 2020 draft, Patrick Williams has ten starts and two defensive appearances in his NBA career. When they lost to the Milwaukee Bucks on January 1, Giannis Antetokounmpo was on.
Williams opened the competition across from James and ended the night after Otto Porter Jr. left to defend him after the first quarter with back problems . The Lakers star finished with 28 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
« I can’t really say much unless I’ve gotten better. I’ve gotten better as a defender, as a player tonight. Just around him too being watching him, protecting him, I got better, « Williams said of James’ defense. » In the 10th game of the season that’s all you can ask for. I accepted the challenge. “
Challenge is right. In just over eight minutes compared to Williams, James scored 19 points in 8v12 shooting, made three assists, made three shooting fouls, and made three turnovers, according to NBA.com tracking data > There was a twirling twist that left Williams in the dust early on, one and one that lay through the beginner’s chest at the end of the fourth quarter, and countless, unsustainable post-fadeaways. At the start of the third round there was also a Williams poke away – officially recognized as a bargain – and a forced airball against James with a little more than three minutes playing time and the visitors five behind.
Ultimately, the cops took on , but the Lakers prevailed. And although James had only seen him once, he was impressed by the 19-year-old tower.
« I think he’s going to be an extraordinary talent, » said James of Williams. « Long arms. He has Kawhi type hands that I noticed on the floor, so I knew I couldn’t play with the ball a lot. And you can tell he’s only laser-sharp when he’s trying to keep getting better. » «
Williams stole four steals in the game. His post-game comments focused on exactly what James was referring to in second place: Using the defense mission as a stepping stone.
« I can always do better. There were a few early plays where he could somehow get to his seats. He was feeling too comfortable somehow and that made him more aggressive, ”said Williams. « But like I said, it’s a 10-game learning experience. And we have at least 62 more. »
« (He) didn’t say much at all, » said James. « He just followed the schedule exactly. I think « He’s just getting better. Has a great interlude. But if you notice his hands, like I said he’s got Kawhi-like hands. That will be very useful for him as he goes on this season and his career. »
This also applies to the subtle lessons learned in matchups like this one. For example, after shrugging Antetokounmpo’s shoulders, Williams found that his « chest was on fire. » « No, not really, » Williams said. “I was able to put up some resistance and not shoot those shots in the chest like Giannis did. I learned from Giannis that you can’t lean on him. You can’t really play with your chest, you have to play with your hands to make him feel uncomfortable. I learned. And I learned from LeBron tonight. I got better tonight. «
While he said that the ease with which James chose his seats and line-up teammates immediately took away from him, Williams understands that the process of internalizing the lessons from the matchup is just beginning.
» I’ll learn a lot more from the film, and so will we as a team, « said Williams. « The movie is really what we’re going to learn from, so I’m just ready to get into it. »
« I thought it did a great job. It really struggled, » said Donovan. « And he gets better with a game like this. »
Another possible test awaits Williams to end the road trip in Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and the Los Angeles Clippers. Then Jayston Tatum, Jaylen Brown and the Boston Celtics on Tuesday in Chicago.
The hits keep coming back. But Williams continues to impress at every turn. As James said, to limit his deliberations on his first matchup with the tower, ESPN’s most recent mock draft from 2021, Washington is fortunate enough to become a potential franchise QB at number 19 on the NFL draft.
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