The Oklahoma City Thunder have continued to have a surprising season. Racking up a 40-42 record in the NBA Regular Season, and now they are a game away from the NBA Playoffs. A big part of the team’s success has been rookie, 12th overall pick Jalen Williams.
Jalen Williams played 75 games as a rookie, starting 62 of those contests while scoring 14 points, four rebounds, three assists, and a steal per game. The rookie did this while shooting 52 percent from the floor and 35 percent from beyond the arc. His winning impact has been felt this season, and he continues improving each month.
Jalen Williams wins another Western Conference Rookie of the Month Award and continues to show how he can impact winning.
In October/November, Jalen Williams won the first Western Conference, Rookie of the Month Award, averaging ten points, three rebounds, two assists, and nearly a steal per game while shooting 52 percent from the floor.
For the March/April award, Jalen Williams has bagged another Rookie of the Month award. In this month(s), Williams logged 18 games, starting each contest while scoring 18 points per game. Along with the uptick in points, The Santa Clara product hauled in five rebounds, dished out four assists and nearly swiped two steals (1.7) per tilt.
While his scoring was rising, his efficiency remained at a historic high for a rookie. Williams shot 54 percent from the floor and 45 percent from beyond the arc on nearly three attempts per game.
These are all signs for why Jalen Williams has All-Star potential, and has consistently shown that throughout the season—even dating back to Training Camp when Kenrich Williams tabbed his ceiling.
The 12th overall pick has made the NBA Rookie of the Year race too close for comfort with Magic star Paolo Banchero. So now, he adds another award to his bag.