Ziaire Williams

NBA DRAFT SCOUTING REPORT

POSITION: SFFROM: StanfordHT: 6-7WT: 175
BORN: 9/12/01YEAR: Fr.WING: 6-10 1/2REACH: NA

Draft Notes

It’s not every year that a 5 star, future one and done first round pick goes to Stanford but here we are. Zaire is an elite level wing in the Paul George, Rudy Gay mold.

He’s a big wing who is making big strides in his game. He’s got all the tools to develop into a high level NBA player including good size for position, excellent length and fluid athleticism.

He’s quick to get above the rim, making it look easy and he flies up and down the court. He’s got big upside and a lot of versatility as a defender thanks to his long arms, agility and good instincts.

He’s not a polished offensive prospect but he’s showing a lot of good signs. His ball handling is becoming a strength and he’s quick with the ball and able to get to his spots. He can shoot it moving to the left or right and has a nice compact and smooth jumper. He gets decent elevation on his jumper, although a bit low on the release. At this point he’s a more than capable 3pt shooter and projects as a high level NBA marksman.

Ziaire is a high energy defender who is a nightmare on the full court press and very disruptive in the passing lanes. His length, quick first step and great anticipation on defense leads to lots of steals and deflections.

He lacks strength at this point and doesn’t finish at the rim very well. He’s athletic but doesn’t have blow by speed and does most of his half court scoring from mid range and out.


Comparisons

  • Paul George lite
  • everything Josh Jackson was supposed to be

Draft Projection

late lottery to late first round pick in the 2021 NBA Draft

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2021 Small Forwards

  1. Scottie Barnes – 6-9 – Florida State
  2. Jonathan Kuminga – 6-7 – G League (Congo)
  3. Jalen Johnson – 6-8 – Duke
  4. Franz Wagner – 6-9 – Michigan (Germany)
  5. Ziaire Williams – 6-7 – Stanford
  6. Corey Kispert – 6-7 – Gonzaga
  7. Trey Murphy III – 6-9 – Virginia
  8. Vrenz Bleijenbergh – 6-10 – Belgium
  9. Aaron Henry – 6-6 – Michigan State
  10. Herb Jones – 6-8 – Alabama
  11. Isaiah Livers – 6-7 – Michigan
  12. Terrence Shannon Jr. – 6-7 – Texas Tech
  13. Kessler Edwards – 6-8 – Pepperdine
  14. Julian Champagnie – 6-8 – St. Johns
  15. Chris Smith – 6-9 – UCLA
  16. Eugene Omoruyi – 6-6 – Oregon
  17. Sam Hauser – 6-8 – Virginia
  18. Trendon Watford – 6-8 – LSU
  19. Derrick Alston Jr. – 6-9 – Boise State
  20. Emmitt Mathews Jr. – 6-7 – West Virginia