Jaylin Williams is making an impact on the OKC Thunder

Jaylin Williams #6 of the Oklahoma City Thunder (Photo by Ian Maule/Getty Images)
Jaylin Williams #6 of the Oklahoma City Thunder (Photo by Ian Maule/Getty Images) /
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Jaylin Williams
Jaylin Williams #6 of the Oklahoma City Thunder (Photo by Ian Maule/Getty Images) /

The BOOM era in Oklahoma City is alive and well, thanks to rookie big man Jaylin Williams. 

In Philly, Jaylin Williams got another shot in the rotation. He took full advantage of it, including a Dr. J layup, on his way to 11 points, five rebounds, and two assists, shooting 5-for-7 from the floor, including 1-for-1 from three.

After each three-pointer made, Jaylin Williams turns to his bench or the crowd and screams “boom,” bringing the energy nightly. That electric shock he sends through his team and the arena helps lift this young Thunder squad. But that game against Philly unlocked something for the rookie big man.

Since that date, Jaylin Williams has played in 24 games averaging seven points, five rebounds, nearly two assists, and a three-pointer a game. Williams is shooting 44 percent from beyond the arc and 47 percent overall.

That stretch of games includes seven double-figure performances, highlighted by a 15-point outburst in the Thunder’s massive win over the Golden State Warriors last week. In that contest, the 20-year-old chipping in six rebounds dished out a pair of assists and swiped a steal. He also splashed home a trio of triples to help push OKC past the world champs.

On corner three’s Williams is connecting on 46 percent of them while shooting non-corner triples at a 40 percent clip, according to cleaning the glass.

Defensively, Jaylin Williams grades out as a “very good” post-up defender and Pick-and-Roll roll man defender, allowing just 0.86 and 0.88 points per possession, respectively.

Jaylin Williams has also flashed the ability to drive when a pass gets swung to him on the perimeter, and the defense is overzealous on their closeouts; However, his overall rim-finishing numbers will need improvement; he has shown flashes of a unique ability to hang in the air and get a crafty two points.

Between his ability to bring the energy, his promising (and dramatically improved) three-point stroke, jaw-dropping playmaking, and defensive upside, Jaylin Williams has all the makings of an excellent rotational big man.

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