OKC Thunder forward Jalen Williams showed the world why many thought he could be an All-Star this season.
We have needed someone else to step up in a big way alongside our franchise player all season. Williams was that guy.
He didn’t stuff the stat sheet like he had been, with only one rebound, one assist, and two steals, but what he did do was get buckets.
Williams scored his season-high 31 points on a 68.7 field goal percentage, including a 75 three-point and 75 free throw percentage. He got it done in various ways; his three balls off the catch looked smooth, and his handle blended creativity and tightness, using it to get by Durant on multiple occasions.
His finishing at the rim was impressive and paramount in his performance. He had a couple of lovely reverse layups and finished an emphatic alley-oop from Cason Wallace on the fast break, causing Thunder fans to daydream about what this team can do in transition.
It was nice to see him have a pseudo-breakout game, as he looked much more like the player we saw post-All-Star break last year. That will be huge for the Thunder’s offense if he continues this production.