One of two Florida State products projected to go in the lottery, Patrick Williams, has the athleticism to stand out at #9. But does he have what the Washington Wizards need?
In the wonderful and wacky world of sports, there is always a winner and a loser. At the end of each game, one team wins, and one team loses. Unless, of course, there’s a tie. But you get what I mean.
One of the things that sets the draft apart from any other sporting event is there aren’t really any losers. Sure, some teams will be happier with their picks than others. And there will be more than a few fanbases railing against their front office’s collective stupidity by the end of it all, but each and every team – even the Washington Wizards – leaves draft night with a little bit of hope. And in that way, everybody’s a winner.
It’s the uncertainty and mystery around the draft that makes it one of the most wonderful nights of NBA action each year, even though nobody scores a point. And sometimes, the more mystery there is around a draft pick, the more fun it is. A polished, four-year NCAA starter? You know what you’re getting with that. But a high-upside one and done that has yet to reach his potential? Now that’s fun. That’s hope.
If the Washington Wizards want hope in the form of untapped potential, then they should look no further than Patrick Williams out of Florida State.
Who is Patrick Williams?
If it is upside the Washington Wizards want, Patrick Williams delivers that in spades. The 6’8, 19-year-old played just one year with the Florida State Seminoles, but that’s all he needed to put his mark on the ACC. Despite starting in zero of the 29 games he played at FSU, Williams was an integral part of a loaded Seminoles squad that finished the regular season as conference champions. Williams finished his one and only season with the team’s fourth-highest minutes per game average (22.5) and points per game average (9.2), and he led the team in blocks per game (1.0). All that helped earn Williams ACC-All Freshman honors and win him the 2019-20 ACC Sixth Man of the Year Award.