Jalen Williams is making a strong case for an All-Rookie team selection

Jalen Williams, Oklahoma City Thunder (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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Jalen Williams is having an offensive impact.

Williams is averaging 10.6 points on a 51.7 field goal percentage, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.5 assists. He ranks fifth in scoring among all rookies while having the highest field goal percentage in that top-five group and fourth in assists. The best game of his young career, which he played against the San Antonio Spurs not too long ago, allowed Williams to move through the rookie ranks and put his name right in the mix with some of the top draft picks.

Williams scored 27 points in that game while shooting 11–15 from the field and 2-3 from three, grabbing six rebounds, and dishing out two assists. The game showed that he can be an efficient three-level scorer, is able to step up when the team’s star is out, and can handily combine volume and efficiency while also throwing some shot creation into the mix.

It also made him only the fourth rookie this season to score 25 or more points in a single game. Besides his skill on the offensive end, Williams is also valuable on defense and has the makings of a truly valuable two-way wing. He regularly disrupts passing lanes, can close out quickly, and is aware of the off-ball movement around him.