Small rookie striker of the Chicago Bulls, Patrick williams, 19, was snubbed out of selection for the NBA All-Rookie First Team, but instead was selected as the All-Rookie Second Team. Williams, also known as PWill or PDub, had an exceptional rookie season with the Chicago Bulls.
The Chicago Bulls saw Patrick William have a fantastic season in 2020-21.
He was originally selected fourth overall in the 2020 NBA Draft by the Bulls and was known to be the draft pick taken too high. Williams did not start in his first and only year at Florida State University, where he was the team’s sixth man and averaged 9.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists per. match.
While the 19-year-old rookie had a lot to prove as a top-five draft pick, he certainly lived up to the Bulls’ expectations and became an invaluable asset to them. In his debut season, Williams averaged stats similar to his college averages – 9.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and shot 48.3% from field and 39.1% from center. -city.
More impressive still, Williams stepped in as a rookie as the team’s best defender and faced the best clashes of his opponents. This included LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Giannis Antetokounmpo, etc. Williams recorded 2.2 defensive win shares, a 0.0 plus-minus defensive box and a 112 defensive rating, all of which are remarkable stats for a rookie against the toughest players in the league.
Who should Williams deserve the award?
Let us get to the heart of this argument. When you say that a player should have been selected from the “x” team for “y” reasons, you must have “z” players who should not have been chosen in their place.
It goes without saying that LaMelo Ball, Anthony Edwards and Tyrese Haliburton undoubtedly deserved to be part of the First All-Rookie team because of their leadership on small market teams and their success with them.
This is probably the easiest argument to make as Williams dominates in most categories. Williams’ narrative also overtakes Bey in this situation.
Williams has beaten Bey in many categories – assists, rebounds, steals, blocks, minutes (very big because Bey plays for a worse team), defensive odds, defensive win shares, and plus / minus defensive box. Williams is also much more efficient at shooting than Bey. Bey shot 40 percent from the field and 31 percent from behind the arc.
Bey, on the other hand, had more points, better free throw percentage, better offensive rating, fewer turnovers, player efficiency rating, more offensive win share and more win share. Obviously, Bey is a better quantitative offensive player than Williams, as his points and offensive ranking stats show. However, if you factor in Williams’ offensive efficiency paired with his defense and Williams relying on a better team, Williams wins over Bey.
Jae’Sean Tate had a fantastic rookie year in Houston coming out of Ohio State. He averaged 11.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game with the Rockets. He stepped up his efforts for them during their rebuilding period.
This debate could come and go but it is much more difficult to do than Bey’s. Williams has Tate in fewer categories – free throws and deep ball percentage, games started (important because the Rockets are a worse team), defensive odds and defensive victory shares.
Tate has Williams in most of the offensive categories and surprisingly in the plus / minus defensive zone. Tate’s tale of becoming a rookie on a team in full rebuild mode is fun to use for the NBA as well. My main point with Williams qualifying for the First Team All-Rookie is that he’s arguably the best defensive player to come out of the 2020 NBA Draft, which unfortunately doesn’t receive much praise in the professional league.
What does this mean for Williams?
In all fairness, Bey is probably the target player who should have moved on to the second team for Williams. The NBA messed up with that one by not giving Williams enough recognition. Nonetheless, the bright spot for Williams is that he was recognized by a large crowd in the second team for the NBA Rookie Award.
Immanuel Quickley, Isaiah Stewart, Desmond Bane and Isaac Okoro have all had phenomenal rookie seasons in the league and Williams fits those names perfectly. For a guy who had low expectations on the team as the youngest NBA player, Williams thrived and proved the skeptics wrong.