The unrefined game of the former Florida State Seminoles five-star recruit and freshman star small forward Patrick Williams caused part of the drop in his draft stock since the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled out the college basketball and NBA seasons. Williams is a 6-foot-8 and 255 pound wing that has a skill set that is usually highly coveted at the next level.
The gifted physical tools and two-way nature of the Charlotte, NC, native Williams gives him a solid niche in the modern NBA. Most teams around the league cannot get enough of versatile wings like Williams, especially a team with a dire positional need like the Bulls. But he brought mixed results on that front in his one season in Tallahassee.
In 29 games played during his freshman campaign at Florida State, Williams registered 9.2 points per game, 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.0 blocks, while shooting 45.9 percent from the field, 32.0 percent from beyond the arc, and 83.8 percent from the charity stripe. That allowed him to produce a box plus/minus rating of 5.5, .154 win shares per 40 minutes, and a 55.3 true shooting percentage.
If the Bulls are planning on keeping veteran small forward Otto Porter Jr. around at least for the next two years, then they could give the time Williams would need to develop off the bench. Weirdly enough, the Bulls and Williams are actually a pretty good fit together. That is especially true if the front office is ready to move on from the likes of second-year former Boise State Broncos small forward Chandler Hutchison.