Grant Williams: Hustle
Our scouting grades represent the composite opinion of at least three different scouts. Each category is graded based on how we view a player’s current ability level relative to NBA players at the same position (guard, wing, forward or big). A grade of 1 indicates replacement level, a grade of 5 indicates NBA average, and a grade of 10 indicates historically elite. Our composite scouting notes help provide context for our grades.
As a player with a high minute load and large responsibilities on both ends of the court, Williams tends to play in third gear for most of the game. This preserves energy to sprint to the finish line in clutch situations; he seems to be involved in almost every play on both ends of the court towards the end of close games. Once he slots into a lower usage role his motor may become more consistent throughout games, but right now this area is good but not great.
A box out rebounder that typically is in great position, Williams has consistently made an impact on the offensive glass at Tennessee. He is strong enough to hold his ground and quick enough to duck in behind defensive rebounders to gain initial position. He also excels at resetting the offense on offensive rebounds rather than forcing up bad shots in traffic.
Williams is a strong box-out rebounder, among the best on-ball rebounders in this class. He uses his strength well and tends to beat offensive players to the spot. His limited height and explosiveness are the reasons this score isn’t higher, but he will hold his own despite being somewhat undersized and undertooled.
Versatility is a strength for Williams in this regard. He is very capable of starting the break either with a strong outlet pass or as a grab-and-go rebounder. He is a capable ball-handler in space, with great passing touch on lobs. He is also capable of filling the deep corner or being a rim-runner. More often, however, he operates as the trailer, open for a spot-up three at the top of the key or a semi-transition drive into the lane. If he were better finishing against length his score would be higher.
A smart but selective transition defender, Williams makes an impact when the game is close. He works back well, keeping his head on a swivel to address threats as they arise. He isn’t great at closing out to shooters from the paint, and will sometimes take plays off to conserve energy when the situation allows it.