Drafted #1 in the 1997 NBA Draft by the Spurs
Height: 7'0" (213 cm)
Weight: 249 lbs (113 kg)
Position: C
High School: St. Dunstan's Episcopal High School
Hometown: St. Croix, Virgin Islands
College: Wake Forest
Current Team: Spurs
Win - Loss: 22 - 60


NBA Scouting Reports, Southwestern Division (Part Two)

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Matt Williams
May 27, 2008, 12:50 am
Overview: A future Hall Of Famer with amazing fundamentals. Great size and strength for the power forward or center position. Adequate mobility and explosiveness, but isn’t as elite an athlete as he is a player. Dominates the game from low to high post. Has all kinds of offensive skills to match his high basketball IQ. One of the most complete offensive posts the game has ever seen. Does everything a team could ask from a star power forward. Not flashy, but that has never stopped him from taking over games. Dominates the glass and the paint defensively. Makes plays on both ends. Was a dominate collegiate player during his junior and senior seasons at Wake Forest, but the fact that he had the goods became obvious during his freshman year. Won the ACC Player of the Year Award during both seasons. Was named the Naismith Award winner as a senior. Turned the momentum he gained during his final collegiate seasons into great NBA success. Very coachable and hard working. Stoic by nature. Will play with passion, but usually won’t show it. One of the most decorated players in NBA history. Won the Rookie of the Year Award in 1998. Ten time All-Star. Two time NBA MVP. Has won NBA Championships as a Spur in 1999, 2003, 2005, and 2007. Does a lot of good work off the court. Great leader. One of the All-Time greats.

Offense: The primary post scorer in San Antonio’s system. Gets almost half of his offense off of post ups with another significant portion coming from pick and rolls, spot ups, and offensive rebounds. Still an excellent per-minute scorer. Displays a very consistent shooting stroke with range all the out to 17 feet. Loves the bank shot, but will knock down jumpers from all sorts of angles. Releases the ball at a very high angle, making him a great shooter from in close as well. Can use a single dribble to move past a recovering defender before shooting. Great touch at the rim with both hands. Finishes at the rim at a great clip. Gets to the free throw line at a great rate. Does a good job creating his own possessions by rolling to the rim, moving without the ball, and grabbing offensive rebounds. Sound ball handler for his height. Good, but not flashy passer. Not the quickest player in the post, but is a master of fakes and pivots. Displays amazing footwork. Can knock down hooks with both hands, but likes to turn over his left shoulder. Makes a killing from the left block. Tough to guard in the post due to his height and touch. The most fundamentally sound offensive player in the game. Great offensive rebounder. Tremendously effective. His only true weakness is his foul shooting—but even that improved to 73% in 07/08, his best mark in 6 years. Doesn’t mind when his teammates take shots from him, and shows a great deal of trust in them despite his status as an elite scorer.

Defense: One of the League top post defenders, if not THE top. Does a great job contesting shots at the rim, and while he isn’t the quickest player, he displays great anticipation and timing. Will block a few shots each game due to his ability to read players attacking the rim. Defends the post one-on-one as well as any player in the game. Doesn’t fall for fakes and always gets a hand up. Goes straight up whenever he expects contact. Won’t foul often despite his style of defense. One of the best rebounders in the game. Can rebound out of his area due to his combination of length and anticipation. Definitely a game changer.

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