The San Antonio Spurs hosted a pre-draft workout with Stanford freshman forward Ziaire Williams.— Noah Magaro-George (@N_Magaro) July 28, 2021
The 19-year-old also worked out for the Knicks, Rockets, Warriors, Kings, Magic, Pacers and Hornets.
The spindly 19-year-old was among the 353 early entry candidates and among the 74 players who participated in the 2021 NBA Draft Combine in Chicago last month.
Despite a disappointing season in which the former top ten high school recruit saw his draft stock plunge after struggling mightily from the field, there’s still buzz that he could go as high as the late lottery.
There isn’t much consensus around Ziaire, and his 185-pound frame is far from NBA-ready, but he displayed a knack for scoring off the dribble that should warrant an investment in his long-term development.
Williams averaged 10.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game as a freshman under head coach Jerod Haase and flashed some promise as a facilitator and multi-positional defender.
San Antonio would be unquestionably be making a tremendous reach if they picked Ziaire 12th overall on Thursday night. That said, his upside might be enough to convince PATFO to take on another project.
The 2021 NBA Draft will take place on July 29 at 7 PM CST at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. ESPN and ABC will televise the first round, and the second round will air exclusively on ESPN.