A 6’8″ power forward out of UC Santa Barbara, Alan Williams spent three seasons in Phoenix trying to find his way in the NBA. A partially torn meniscus suffered a year ago in September set back those efforts last season, and he played in just five games for the Suns.
Now the Brooklyn Nets are going to give him a chance to prove himself, although he’ll have to do much of it from the G-League due to a two-way contract, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Williams is a beast on the boards who plays with a high motor and can help a team in a role when healthy (and if he can stay that way). His best run of play came in the 2016-17 season after the All-Star Break, in those 24 games he averaged 11.4 points on 51.4 percent shooting plus 9.1 rebounds and was given the team’s Majerle Hustle Award (that’s why the injury last season was such a setback). Offensively he does not space the floor, in his 62 NBA games 91 percent of his shots came within 10 feet of his rim, but he has an NBA role. He can fit, if he stays healthy. Don’t take my word for it, check out what teammate Jared Dudley said.