Mark Williams joins a long list of lottery hopefuls who have returned to college for a second season in hopes of improving their draft stock the following year. Like Jaden Ivey, Benn Mathurin, Johnny Davis and Keegan Murray, Williams has had a huge, successful season. The Duke Blue Devils advanced to the Final Four and Williams won the ACC Defensive Player of the Year award; it was a pretty good decision to go back to school.
Mark Williams scouting report
Mark Williams had stunning action at the combine, which further improved his stock draft. Williams stood 7-foot-2 in shoes with a wingspan of nearly 7-foot-7, giving him one of the tallest spans in combine history. It is still raw; however, for being only 20 years old, he has already found a way to be very impactful on the floor. Check out the rest of Williams’ metrics, strengths and weaknesses below to find out why I’m so high on him.
Lester: 242.4 pounds
Middle School: duke
Strengths: Mark Williams is extremely well coordinated for being so tall and tall at such a young age. After being bodied and hitting for two years in the ACC, Williams has demonstrated solid and functional lower body strength. Additionally, Mark’s rebounding prowess, instinct and timing are impressive and should translate well to the next level. He’s a great lob threat and has shown some skill in the low post, which could take his game to another level. His cap will be outrageous if he ever develops a consistent mid-range and after fade jump shot.
Weaknesses: Williams has virtually no play outside of the paint on the attacking side, and there are no real signs that can develop beyond a jump shot from mid-range and low post play. It’s not necessarily a weakness because we need players like him in the NBA; its size and length are rare and priceless. Still, that limits his advantage as an offensive threat. Another notable concern is that Williams may have a little trouble lighting up smaller players on the perimeter. Lateral quickness should be an important goal for any organization that decides to pick it up.
Mark Williams Stats
Mark Williams NBA Draft Ranking, Team Fit, Landing Spot
Draft ranking: ten
Team Cup: There’s no team I’d rather see Mark Williams on than the Charlotte Hornets, and I think it’s highly likely that’s where he ends up. The Hornets have arguably the weakest frontcourt in the NBA, and pairing a lob threat like Mark Williams with LaMelo Ball is incredibly appealing. Charlotte will instantly become an Eastern Conference playoff team if they catch Williams and another solid player with their other first-round pick.
Landing point: Williams could go anywhere from 13 through high school, but I expect Charlotte to pull the lottery trigger against him.
NBA Comparison Mark Williams: Rudy Gobert
Williams has been electric defensively this season, blocking shots and modifying shots at a high rate. His impact statistically and from the sight test on the defensive end was undeniable. When you look at Williams’ height in shoes and wingspan, he measures the same as Rudy Gobert. He could be on par with Gobert when he hits his peak in a few years. Williams is also further along in his offensive progression than Gobert at this age, so you can argue that Williams’ advantage right now is bigger.
Mark Williams Highlights
It’s easy to get excited about Williams because he has all the tools to be an extremely solid starting center in the NBA for the foreseeable future. His highlights below show his functional strength, athleticism and basketball IQ, which will serve him well at the next level.