NBA Draft Profile: Louis Williams
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South Gwinnett (Snellville, Ga.)
Shooting Guard, 6-1, 175
Strengths: Williams was the No. 1 high school player in the Class of 2005, so he's obviously got major talent. At the high school level, he's an elite scorer who can pile up points by either driving to the hoop or bombing away from 3-point range. He's an exceptional athlete who can rise up in traffic and dunk on 6-10 guys despite standing just 6-1, so he has the athleticism to handle the jump to the NBA. In fact, he's described himself as "Allen Iverson with Vince Carter hops." Simply put, the kid is a big-time scorer with an array of offensive weapons.
Weaknesses: Although his athleticism is NBA-ready, his size and strength for his position are not. If he were a few inches taller or was a pure point guard, we might be talking lottery potential. But he's struggled when asked to play the point and is really a scoring guard, which makes him very undersized at the 2. Though his athleticism helps make up for that, he'll take a beating in the pros playing against bigger players. He was a phenomenal high school player and likely would have been a great college player thanks to his natural skills, but he's just not ready for the NBA yet.
The Lowdown: Williams has been intent on entering the draft for a while, despite projections that he's far from a guaranteed first-round pick. He did not hire an agent when he entered the draft, but he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution earlier this month that he plans on staying in the draft and forgoing his scholarship to Georgia. That's a bit surprising given that most mock drafts currently have him in the second round and most scouts believe he needs a few years in college to prove he can excel against bigger players. But it's also possible that a team at the end of the first round will decide it's worth taking a chance on a kid who, while undersized, has lottery-level talent.