OKC Thunder season grade: Kenrich Williams and his hustle

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As part of their rebuild, the OKC Thunder traded Steven Adams to the New Orleans Pelicans as part of a massive four-team trade. One of the pieces they got in return was Kenrich Williams, or as he was dubbed, Kenny Hustle.

This is where it is at for Williams and his NBA career, his level of hustle. His numbers are not ideal, only averaging 8.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 0.8 steals per game. He always chose when to take his shot, going at an impressive 53.3 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from deep.

However, it is impossible to define Williams’ impact on a game by simply looking at the numbers. He was the primary defender for the Thunder when Luguentz Dort was not on the floor and lost almost as much skin as Nick Collison did on a nightly basis back in the day.

The OKC Thunder has some good growth potential for Kenrich Williams.

Williams has a few areas that he could continue to grow in. Being a third-year player, he is one of the more experienced players on this team.

It would have been good for the Thunder if Williams developed a level of consistency on his offensive output.

He also needs to do some work on his free throw shooting. He only made it to the line 1.0 times per game. When he got there, Williams only hit 57.1 percent of the time.

With his level of intensity on the court, he should be able to get to the line more but he needs to work on his shooting from the line over the summer.