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2023 Stats

STATS MPG
Minutes Per Game
PPG
Points Per Game
FG%
Field Goal Percentage
RPG
Rebounds Per Game
APG
Assists Per Game
Regular Season 20.4 8.2 39.7 3.5 1.5

Top Ziaire Williams News

  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Likely out rest of season

    Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins said Friday that Williams will likely miss the rest of the 2023-24 campaign with a right low back injury and a hip flexor strain, Damichael Cole of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.

    Williams hasn't played since March 2 due to the pair of injuries and was scheduled to be re-evaluated early next week. Even if Williams has made improvement on some level in his recovery from the pair of injuries, the Grizzlies won't rush him back in action with the team well out of playoff contention. With Memphis banged up for much of the season, Williams saw extended playing time early in the campaign and averaged 8.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 three-pointers in 20.4 minutes across 51 appearances (15 starts). The 2021 first-round pick is under contract with the Grizzlies for one more season and will be 23 years old in September.

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Out at least four weeks

    The Grizzlies announced Tuesday that Williams has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 strain of hip flexor and low back muscles and will be re-evaluated in four weeks.

    Even if Williams returns right at the four-week mark, there would be just two weeks left of games in the regular season. Derrick Rose (back/groin) will also miss multiple weeks, joining Brandon Clarke (Achilles), Desmond Bane (ankle), Marcus Smart (finger) and Ja Morant (shoulder) on the long-term injury list. With Memphis shorthanded this season, Williams has played admirably in an expanded role, averaging 8.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 20.4 minutes across 51 appearances (15 starts).

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Won't play Monday

    Williams (back) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Nets.

    Williams had to be helped to the locker room late in overtime of Saturday's loss to Portland due to a back injury. The extent of the issue remains unclear, but Williams' next chance to suit up will come Wednesday in Philadelphia.

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Exits with back injury Saturday

    Williams exited in overtime of Saturday's 107-100 loss to the Trail Blazers with an apparent back injury, Jonah Dylan of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports. He finished with nine points (2-7 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six rebounds and one steal across 34 minutes.

    Williams was helped to the locker room with a few minutes left in overtime and didn't return, so the medical staff will presumably assess his condition ahead of Monday's game against the Nets. While starting in each of the Grizzlies' last six games, Williams has averaged 12.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 three-pointers and 1.3 steals in 31.2 minutes.

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Comes close to double-double

    Williams had 16 points (6-14 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds and two assists across 36 minutes during Wednesday's 110-101 loss to Minnesota.

    Williams has started in each of Memphis' last four games, mainly due to the team's overall lack of depth and injury issues that have plagued the Grizzlies all season long, but he's made a strong impression, scoring in double digits in three of those outings. He remains a fringe fantasy alternative in most formats due to the inconsistency of his role, but he could be worth a shot as a streaming alternative in some slates or deep formats. He's averaging 9.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game over his last 10 appearances (four starts).

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Draws start Friday

    Williams will join the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Clippers, Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.com reports.

    Williams getting the nod isn't a huge surprise, as he had arguably his best game of the campaign prior to the All-Star break with 27 points (9-13 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 5-7 FT), four rebounds, four assists and three steals over 36 minutes.

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Scores career-high 27 points

    Williams chipped in 27 points (9-13 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 5-7 FT), four rebounds, four assists and three steals over 36 minutes during Thursday's 113-110 win over Milwaukee.

    Williams was forced to handle a massive workload due to the absence of John Konchar (quadriceps), Luke Kennard (knee) and others, but he stepped up to the challenge and responded by posting a career-best scoring mark. Williams has handled a bench role most of the season and has racked up just 10 starts, averaging 10.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in those contests. However, given Memphis' injury problems, it wouldn't be surprising if Williams is trusted into a more significant role following the All-Star break.

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Gets chance to start

    Williams is starting Thursday's game against the Bucks.

    Williams logged 22 minutes Wednesday in his first action since Jan. 28, and he may be in line for a heavier workload Thursday with John Konchar (quadriceps) ruled out. Williams is averaging 7.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists through 44 matchups this season.

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Gets 22 minutes in return

    Williams (hand) recorded five points (2-6 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-1 FT), two rebounds, two assists and one steal across 22 minutes in Wednesday's 121-113 win over the Rockets.

    Williams didn't seem to face any restrictions in his return from an eight-game absence due to a left hand contusion, but he turned in an underwhelming line for fantasy purposes during his time on the court. It's a familiar refrain for the third-year wing, who currently sits outside the top 300 in per-game fantasy value in nine-category leagues while averaging 7.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.1 three-pointers, 0.6 steals, 0.2 blocks and 1.3 turnovers in 18.8 minutes on 39.0/31.4/83.1 percent shooting splits over his 44 appearances. Williams could be in danger of moving out of Memphis' rotation if Marcus Smart (finger) and Desmond Bane (ankle) are able to make their returns to action at some point after the All-Star break.

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Officially good to go

    Williams (hand) is available for Wednesday's game versus the Rockets.

    Williams has been upgraded from questionable to available Wednesday after missing Memphis' last eight contests with a left hand contusion. However, it wouldn't be surprising for the 22-year-old forward to operate on a minutes restriction against Houston.

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Expected to play Wednesday

    Williams (hand) is officially listed as questionable but is trending toward playing Wednesday against the Rockets, Drew Hill of The Daily Memphian reports.

    Williams hasn't played since Jan. 28, so if he's cleared as expected, the youngster will presumably be limited. Before his multi-week absence, Williams had carved out a solid bench role for the injury-depleted Grizzlies, averaging 9.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals in 20.0 minutes over his prior 13 appearances (one start).

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Listed as questionable

    Williams (hand) is questionable to play Wednesday versus Houston, Damichael Cole of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.

    Williams has not taken the court since Jan. 28, but he appears to be nearing a return. Memphis commences a back-to-back set Wednesday, with a Thursday contest against Milwaukee giving Williams two opportunities to return to action before the All-Star break.

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Officially out Monday

    Williams (hand) has been ruled out for Monday's game against New Orleans, independent NBA writer Parker Fleming reports.

    Williams hasn't played since Jan. 28 due to a left hand contusion, but head coach Taylor Jenkins is optimistic that the third-year wing will return for the team's upcoming Wednesday/Thursday back-to-back set versus the Rockets and Bucks, respectively. He'll likely occupy a role on the second unit whenever he's cleared to play.

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Likely out Monday

    Williams (hand) is listed as doubtful ahead of Monday's game against the Pelicans.

    Williams is in jeopardy of missing his eighth consecutive game due to a left hand contusion. A timetable for his return remains unclear at this point.

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Not playing Saturday

    Williams (hand) is out against the Hornets on Saturday.

    No surprises here, as Williams was initially listed as doubtful to play, and this will be his seventh straight absence. His next chance to return to the hardwood will come against the Pelicans on Monday.

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Unlikely to play Saturday

    Williams (hand) is listed as doubtful for Saturday's game versus the Hornets.

    Williams is in danger of missing his seventh straight contest Saturday due to a left hand contusion. The 22-year-old forward's return timetable is unclear.

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Won't play Thursday

    Williams (hand) won't play Thursday against the Bulls.

    Thursday will mark Williams' sixth straight game on the sidelines, and for now, he should be considered questionable at best for Saturday's game in Charlotte. GG Jackson and Scotty Pippen Jr. should continue to see ample minutes for this Memphis team hurting for healthy bodies.

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Likely out Thursday

    Williams (hand) is listed as doubtful for Thursday's game versus the Bulls.

    Williams is expected to miss his sixth straight game Thursday due to a left hand injury. However, being listed as doubtful instead of out is a good indication that Williams is progressing towards a return.

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Remains out for Tuesday's game

    Williams (hand) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Knicks.

    Williams continues to deal with a left hand bone contusion and will be unavailable for a fifth consecutive game. The Grizzlies remain extremely shorthanded, so Williams could see a sizable role if he's cleared to return soon. However, a timetable for his return isn't yet clear.

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  • Grizzlies' Ziaire Williams: Ruled out for Sunday

    Williams (hand) won't play in Sunday's game against the Celtics.

    Williams will miss a fourth straight game due to the left hand injury. Given the litany of injured players on the roster, Williams could be in store for significant playing time whenever he's cleared to play again.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-9, 185 lbs
Birthplace: Lancaster, CA
Age: 22
School: Stanford
Experience: 2