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He missed 2 FT's in the last minute that would've given him a double-double.

 

Looking forward to seeing him getting more playing time the rest of the year.  

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Kenny Hustle is taking the NBA by storm.

 

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Undrafted Pelicans rookie Kenrich Williams making big impact

Kenrich Williams wasn’t a lottery pick last June. The TCU product wasn’t a draft pick, period.

Yet if you scan through the most recent NBA.com rookie rankings, Williams is listedjust below the likes of international hoops superstar Luka Doncic (selected No. 3 overall in 2018), Phoenix No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton and Sacramento’s Marvin Bagley (No. 2). Stunningly, after going undrafted and appearing in just 12 of New Orleans’ first 48 games, it’s taken Williams only two weeks of significant playing time for Pelicans teammates such as Jrue Holiday to describe the 24-year-old as “a star, really. Someone who can come out and fill up the stat sheet. Offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds… he can lock up your best player.”

Amid an array of New Orleans injuries and other distractions, Williams has emerged as a welcomed bright spot on the court, averaging a well-rounded 12.9 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.1 blocks since he began logging major minutes seven games ago. During the same stretch, he’s shooting 48.6 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from three-point range, helping the Pelicans remain competitive by contributing in virtually every category.

It’s still very early in his pro career, but so far Williams is merely repeating what’s been his background in the sport. After going unselected in the draft, he gave this reaction to his hometown newspaper, the Waco (Texas) Tribune-Herald: “It feels good to be the underdog and come in and work. It’s like high school all over again. I didn’t get a scholarship out of high school, so I’ll just work hard and try to get in the NBA.”

Williams has immediately become a Pelicans fan favorite by bringing that attitude to the court, aggressively defending, outhustling opponents for loose balls and contested rebounds, while also showing an offensive skill set that was not evident during his brief cameos early in 2018-19. As a result, since Jan. 29 he’s had 16- and 13-rebound performances, a five-game streak of knocking down multiple three-pointers, as well as a 19-point second half vs. Minnesota on Friday.

 

“That’s what I want to do every game,” said Williams, soft-spoken off the court, but relentless on it. “I want to come out and play hard, get all of the 50-50 balls. Give it all I’ve got every time I’m on the court. It’s just a blessing to get the opportunity to come out and show what I can do. My main thing is go out and play hard. I let everything else take care of itself. Whatever happens, happens.”

 

What’s happened since Williams stepped into a much more prominent role has been exceptionally positive and a surprise to many. The 60th-ranked prospect on NBADraft.net’s Big Board last summer, Williams is now making a much bigger impact than the vast majority of players who heard their names called on draft night.

“He played a good game tonight,” Pelicans fourth-year head coach Alvin Gentry said after Saturday’s 99-90 defeat in Memphis. “He is going to play a good game most every night because he is going to do something on the floor that can help you.”

As Holiday referenced during his “star” description, many of Williams’ contributions can be measured in numbers – he approached a triple-double against the Grizzlies with 10 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists – but he’s also played unselfishly, run the floor well and been a gritty defender. New Orleans has been much more effective recently on the defensive end, an area that plagued them throughout ’18-19.

“He loves the challenge, honestly,” Holiday said of Williams’ defensive mindset. “Takes it on every single day. You saw it from the beginning of training camp, where he was coming at me. I like that. I like guys who are going to step up to the plate and take on the challenge. He’s been doing a great job.”

“Every time you’re on the court and you get to play, there is going to be a situation that comes up that’s going to help you down the line,” Gentry said of Williams’ invaluable playing time. “He’s doing what good basketball players do, especially ones with high IQ – they get better every game. Not necessarily have better stats, but get better every game from the standpoint of playing a complete game and being a complete player.”

 

 

https://www.nba.com/pelicans/news/undrafted-pelicans-rookie-kenrich-williams-making-big-impact

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I hardly recognize him with this new haircut, though. 😆

 

How Pelicans forward Kenrich Williams became Kenny Hustle

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“He’s a really smart player,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “He’s got a high basketball IQ. That’s helped the situation. He’s a real humble kid. He’s going to go out and play hard every game. That’s really the message that we’re sending to him.

“Let’s make sure you’re competing at a high level. The only way he’s going to get better, he actually has to play minutes. That’s the only way to get better.”

https://www.nola.com/pelicans/2019/02/how-pelicans-forward-kenrich-williams-became-kenny-hustle.html

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Probably my favorite Frog basketball player of all time (as far as during my lifetime). How he flew so far under the radar out of college, I have no idea - it's pretty clear to see how his game was going to translate to the NBA because he does all of the right things and absolutely loads up a stat sheet.

 

Although, James Penny has to be a close second...

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Dirk Nowitzki just passed Wilt Chamberlain for 6th place on the NBA all-time scoring list 😁

 

...with a jump shot over Kenrich Williams 😯

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On 3/18/2019 at 7:48 PM, Lyle Lanley II said:

Dirk Nowitzki just passed Wilt Chamberlain for 6th place on the NBA all-time scoring list 😁

 

...with a jump shot over Kenrich Williams 😯

 

Here’s Dirk’s shot...

 

And here’s Kenrich Williams with a steal...

 

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Holy Horned Frog, that guy can shoot!

 

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He's still at it, only blocking this time!

 

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kenrich williams

 

 

FORT WORTH, Texas – It had been five years since a former TCU player had appeared on an NBA roster until 2018 graduate Kenrich Williams debuted for the New Orleans Pelicans on Oct. 17.

Undrafted, Williams played on the Denver Nuggets' NBA Summer League team before joining the Pelicans on July 24 and from there, worked his way on to the opening day roster. The Waco native finished his rookie season with averages of 6.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steals per game.

Kenrich Williams Rookie Season Notes

·       Made his NBA debut at Houston on Oct. 17.

·       His 4.8 rebounds per game were the eighth-most by a rookie this season.

·       His 29 games started were the sixth most by a rookie in franchise history and the most-ever by a Pelicans undrafted rookie.

·       Scored his first NBA points on Nov. 1 with five on 2-of-2 shooting at Portland.

·       Scored a career-high 21 points against Denver on Jan. 30.

·       Recorded his first double-double in the NBA with 10 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high seven assists at Memphis on Feb. 9.

·       Since the all-star break, Williams averaged 6.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. His 1.74 steals per game since the all-star break was the best among NBA rookies.

·       Was the only rookie this season to record multiple games of at least five steals.

·       Was one of four rookies this season to record at least 10 games this year of 30 or more minutes without a single turnover. He's the only Pelicans rookie in franchise history to accomplish this feat.

·       Was one of four rookies in NBA history to record at least 20 points, eight rebounds and five 3-pointers and two blocks in a game when totaled 21 points, eight rebounds, five threes and two blocks against Denver on Jan. 30. The other three players to do so were Rodrigue Beaubois, Stephen Curry and Marcus Smart.

·       Williams' 21 points at Denver come on 8-of-14 shooting from the field and 5-of-9 from 3-point range.

·       Recorded a career-high 16 rebounds at Houston and became the first player since Blake Griffin with 16 or more rebounds in one of his first 15 career games. Williams was one of seven rookies this year to record at least 16 rebounds in a game.

·       Was one of 20 rookies in NBA history and the only rookie this year to record at least five steals and three 3-pointers in a game when he did so against Toronto on March 8.

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I'd love to see Kenny on a better team.  Whether that be an improved Pelicans squad or through being acquired by another team, I think he could be an incredibly valuable role player on a contender.  I called him "Matrix Junior" while he was at TCU, but I really could see him having the type of effect Shawn Marion had with his versatility and intangibles on the Mavs' 2011 title run.

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Just now, Lyle Lanley II said:

I'd love to see Kenny on a better team.  Whether that be an improved Pelicans squad or through being acquired by another team, I think he could be an incredibly valuable role player on a contender.  I called him "Matrix Junior" while he was at TCU, but I really could see him having the type of effect Shawn Marion had with his versatility and intangibles on the Mavs' 2011 title run.

 

Daniel Hause Jr. likely playing himself off the Rockets (too expensive). I could see GM Wizard Morrey getting KW34 for a magic bag of beans. 

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Does it make sense to put this here? This tournament is sorta like a try out for scouts of the NBA, right? Anyway, take a look at the pass ARob makes! 😲

 

 

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On 4/20/2019 at 9:55 AM, PurpleDawg said:

Does it make sense to put this here? This tournament is sorta like a try out for scouts of the NBA, right? Anyway, take a look at the pass ARob makes! 😲

 

 

 

He wont get drafted, but I could see im playing in the G league or overseas. While a flawed PG, I liked him a lot and glad we had 3 years of him. Wish we won more. 

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