Undeterred from a poor NBA Draft combine, Troy Williams stayed in the NBA Draft this season and, although not being drafted, looked impressive in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
Now, Williams has turned that performance into a partially-guaranteed deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, according to David Pick.
Source: Troy Williams of Indiana signed a partial-guaranteed deal with Memphis Grizzlies.— David Pick (@IAmDPick) July 24, 2016
The Grizzlies provide a potentially unique fit for Troy Williams. Prior to the draft, we named it one of the top five places that would be the best fits for Williams mainly because he can learn under a player like Tony Allen, whose skill set is similar to Williams'.
With the Suns this summer, there was much more Good Troy than Bad Troy as he helped the Suns reach the semi-finals. In the final two outings, Williams finished with 22 and 24 points to lead the Suns in scoring both games while pulling down six rebounds in their final game, also a team-high.
Overall, Williams averaged 12.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals while shooting 26.3% from behind the arc. Despite the poor outside shooting, it was clear that Williams got a better feel for the game as the Summer League went on, reaching double figures in scoring in each of his last three games after not scoring more than 7 points in the first three.
However, with the deal partially-guaranteed, it's likely nothing more than a training camp invite, similar to the deal Yogi Ferrell inked with the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday. Unlike Ferrell, however, there is a foreseeable path to the NBA for Williams on the Grizzlies.
Despite having just signed Chandler Parsons, the Grizzlies' depth on the wing is shallow with Vince Carter as the back-up shooting guard and a host of unproven talent further down the depth chart. Should Williams be able to play in the preseason as he did to end the Summer League, he could easily play his way onto the Grizzlies.