ESPN is counting down the best players in the NBA from 500-1. Atlanta Hawks offseason acquisition Jordan Williams ranks 457 on the list.
Williams moved up 18 spots this year after being ranked 475 in 2011.
Williams spent his only NBA season with the Nets last year and played in 43 games, five of which he started. The 21-year old forward averaged 4.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in 2011, while posting a 50.7 percent field-goal percentage.
In his freshmen year of college, Williams started 31-of-33 games for the University of Maryland and averaged 9.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, while converting 51.2 percent of his shot attempts.
In his second, and last year of college basketball, Williams improved in each area of his game by averaging 16.9 points and 11.8 boards per contest, while posting a 53.8 percent shooting percentage.
Atlanta acquired the 6’10” Terrapin product on July 11, when the Hawks shipped superstar Joe Johnson to the beautifully renamed Brooklyn Nets in exchange for five players (Anthony Morrow, Jordan Farmar, Jordan Williams, DeShawn Stevenson and Johan Petro), along with a 2017 second-round draft pick.
Williams’ best game last season was against the Boston Celtics when he achieved his first NBA double-double of his career with a 12-point, 14-rebound performance. He ended the year on a good note, posting his second career double-double of 10 points and 10 boards in the last game of the season against the Toronto Raptors.