Suns guarantee Alan Williams’ contract

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Alan Williams produced in four years at UC Santa Barbara. He produced in summer league. He produced in China. He produced in 68 minutes with the Suns last year.

Yes, the competition levels and sample sizes leave something to be desired, but Williams has answered every call.

Now, maybe we’ll see more of him.

Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic:

his contract became guaranteed at 2 p.m. Thursday once the Suns kept him on the roster for $874,636 next season.

“It was an easy decision for us,” Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough said. “He’s played well at two summer leagues. He’s really improved from the end of last season. He’s transformed his body. He’s developing his touch outside the paint and added a push shot.”

Williams didn’t look like an NBA athlete in college. The 6-foot-8 power forward often took advantage of smaller competition in the Big West. If he has transformed his body to go with his tremendously effective basketball intelligence, that’d be huge for him.

Phoenix now has 14 players with guaranteed salaries plus John Jenkins on an unguaranteed deal. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Suns add someone else to compete with Jenkins, but Williams has secured his place on the regular-season roster.