Memphis Grizzlies forward Zaire Williams is hoping for an impressive performance in the 2022-23 season. He is also working on improving every aspect of the game. At the NBA level, Williams wants to be the best at everything.
In an interview with Hopshape – the official nutrition partner of Impact Basketball – when asked what part of his game he wants to improve next season, the forward replied, “Everything.”
“Literally everything. I feel like I’m blessed to be 6’9″. I have athleticism and speed that you can’t teach. So, once I get stronger, I feel like there’s nothing I can’t do on the court.”
Williams was selected 10th overall by the New Orleans Pelicans in the 2021 NBA Draft.
The Pelicans then traded the Stanford product to the Memphis Grizzlies, along with Steven Adams, Eric Bledsoe, Jared Butler, a 2022 second-round draft pick and a 2025 second-round draft pick.
“Whether it’s posting or shooting threes or dribbling, passing, I want to be the best at everything, so it’s not just one thing I want to improve on.” Williams continued.
Last season, in 62 games and 31 starts with the Grizzlies, the rookie averaged 8.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1 assist per game. He also shot 45% from the floor and 31.4% from downtown.
Zaire Williams on improving: “I want to be the best at everything”
During the interview, Williams explained, “The NBA was never a goal. Of course, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but I honestly never thought it would actually happen. It was always just to get the best education.”
“Get free college [tuition] Somewhere because I couldn’t afford to pay… So, I’m happy to be here today.
Of course, that mentality is rare these days, especially among professional athletes. Many college stars these days want to get paid, which makes sense, but very few athletes are getting full-ride scholarships.
At least the future doesn’t have to worry about college debt. In the year In August 2021, Zaire Williams signed a four-year, $19.9 million rookie contract with the Grizzlies.
In Williams’ freshman year at Stanford in 2020-21, the forward averaged 10.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists. He also averaged 37.4% shooting from the field and 29.1% shooting from beyond the arc.
On January 7, 2021, Williams completed a triple-double in Stanford’s 91-75 win over Washington. The forward had 12 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. It was the first triple-double by a Stanford player since 2007.
Furthermore, when asked which NBA player he would model his own game on, Williams said, “A lot of people say KD [Kevin Durant]I could shoot because I was tall. But I feel like KD is just KD. Maybe Paul George, but I don’t know, man. I just like watching players.”
“Maybe Jayson Tatum’s side or Devin Booker’s face-up game,” Williams continued. “Paul’s George is big and you just take all their stuff and put it in my head.”
“I’m my own player, we’re all our own players, but if I had to pick players it would probably be mine.
Zaire Williams celebrates his 21st birthday next Monday.