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Troy Williams drops 23, hits pair of game-tying threes in win

The former Indiana swingman looks like he’s taking some big steps forward after leading the Grizzlies to a win on Saturday.

NBA: Preseason-Memphis Grizzlies at Houston Rockets Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

While most Hoosier fans were drinking away their sadness Saturday night, Troy Williams had potentially his biggest game of the preseason and a game that may solidify his spot on the roster.

Williams started for the Grizzlies against Houston, played 41 minutes, scored 23 points, hit 5-of-11 three-pointers, grabbed four rebounds and added four steals in a double overtime, 134-125 Grizzlies win.

Saturday’s game certainly wasn’t an anomaly for Williams, who has been on fire this preseason. Williams went for 22 points and 7 rebounds against the 76ers last week as well. In total this preseason, he’s averaging 13.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals.

However, most importantly, he’s hitting outside shots with what appears to be a revamped/reworked three-point stroke. On the preseason as a whole, Williams is 7-of-18 from deep, but all seven of those makes have come in his last three games where he’s 7-of-14. You can also see in the clip above that he’s taking those shots without hesitation, a huge improvement over last season.

Even with three preseason games left, Williams is a near lock at this point to earn a roster spot with the Grizzlies, and even if he doesn’t stick in Memphis after this preseason, an NBA team somewhere will come calling following his performance.