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Summer League in Review: Jaylin Williams

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We’re digging in on the Summer League performances, of which the Thunder had heaps.

Previous player breakdowns

Chet Holmgren

Josh Giddey

Jalen Williams

Ousmane Dieng

Tre Mann

Aaron Wiggins

Vit Krejci

Lindy Waters III

Gabe Brown

Jaden Shackelford

Abdul Gaddy

Kevin Kangu

Robert Baker

Contextualizing the numbers

Most exhibition statistics, primarily the percentages from the field, have little to no correlation to players’ output during real NBA minutes. The Summer League is more about the process and how these players are doing what they are doing on the floor.

This helpful guide by Owen Phillips showcases which Summer League numbers are sticky when projecting a player in their first season:

  • Three Point Attempts
  • Assists
  • Blocks
  • Offensive Rebounds
  • Field Goal Attempts

As Phillips shows, all of these categories are less affected by statistical noise when compared to their counterparts. The least correlated stats from Summer League are:

  • FT%
  • Three Point %
  • Steals
  • Free Throw Attempts
  • FG%

With these caveats out of the way, we’ll be digging into how OKC’s young prospects performed in Utah and Vegas.

Jaylin Williams

Wililams was a fairly polarizing player in Summer League among Thunder fans. He did everything you want except score the ball. His passing was on full display, as he was used as a high post and elbow hub hitting open cutters and jump shooters from outside of the paint. The scoring, on the other hand, was dreadful. His mediocre finishing numbers in college translated as he missed multiple bunnies near the basket and shot an awful 22.9 percent from the field in 127 minutes. Again, percentages are the least correlated statistic from Summer Leauge and we know he isn’t this bad on offense, so let’s pump the brakes on the negativity. His scoring package is pretty limited at the moment and definitely needs work, and it isn’t ideal to combine that with some apparent timidness with scoring the ball. He probably will not stand out in a flashy way as a rookie on offense, but his passing can supplement some offensive value.

Al the other elements were tremendous for Jaylin. His impressive passing capped his SL with an eight assist game versus New Orleans, and he averaged 3.0 assists in 18 minutes per night. The defensive rebounding and defensive ability translated, and so did his charge taking. It is so fun watching this man take charges every single game he plays in, and I truly lost count of how many he took.

So where and how often will J-Will play during the regular season? His scoring is well below average right now but he does all the little things you need your role players to do, and the Thunder are lacking young centers (Chet Holmgren and… Jeremiah Robinson-Earl?). So maybe he will play meaningful minutes on the regular season team. We’ll have to wait and see.