Zaire Williams admits that he did not know much about Paul George before joining the NBA. The two men, although born in two neighboring towns in Los Angeles County, know each other better today. They even train together. » She’s a real role model for me “, describes the native of Lancaster (“PG” was born in Palmdale).
The Clippers player is not the only model that comes to mind. » Many people talk about KD [Kevin Durant] because I’m tall and I know how to shoot. But I believe that KD remains KD “Judges the Grizzlies player, also citing Jayson Tatum or Devin Booker.
Before mentioning Paul George again, who is about the same height as him (2m06): “ The idea is to take inspiration from their game to inject it into mine. I am unique, we are all unique. But if I had to designate models, (Paul George) would probably be mine. »
By taking inspiration from the best wingers and forwards in the league, Ziaire Williams hopes to have more control of the ball for his second season in the league. « That’s why I played playmaker for the whole Summer League. (note: 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists on average) to be more comfortable with the ball. Of course they believe in me. It’s about development, continuing to grow and learning the game. »
I have the athletic qualities and the speed that cannot be learned
While Ja Morant will remain the Grizzlies’ main source of game creation, the 20-year-old intends to improve everywhere else. In » literally everything. I have the chance to measure 2m06, 2m08. I have athletic qualities and speed that cannot be learned. So I honestly think that once I get stronger, I can do everything on the pitch. Whether it’s posting, 3-point shooting, dribbling or passing, I want to be the best at everything. »
The good news for him is that with the departure of Kyle Anderson, coupled with the long-term injury of Jaren Jackson Jr., he should have the opportunity to show his progress by recovering minutes. During his rookie season, with a “rookie wall” which he says he hit hard, the 10th choice of the 2021 Draft averaged 8 points in about twenty minutes.
« I want to do everything I can to help the team win. Whether it’s being more involved in attack on pick-and-rolls or screen exits. Anything they need from me, I will do 110%. I have to play my role and try to perfect myself in it. As I gain experience and start to mature, it will be limitless. The coaches believe in my abilities like I believe in my abilities, so I believe it will be special. »