Restricted free agent Alan Williams has come to terms with the Phoenix Suns on a new contract extension. According to The Vertical, its a three year deal for the 24 year old center.
This re-signing should not come as a surprise, even with the Suns not being the only suitor. According to sources, the New York Knicks were heavily interested in Williams on the first day of free agency. But as time moved on, there was not any news coming out with the Knicks making an offer to Williams. The Suns first offer was in the 20 to 24 million dollar range over a four year window.
The undersized 6’8″ center has had a long journey to the NBA, but it has not slowed him down. This included playing college ball at the University of California Santa Barbara and going undrafted. Shortly afterwards, Williams then traveled across the world before playing with the Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles in the Chinese Basketball Association back in 2015.
While over in China, Williams appeared in 35 of 38 games, as the team finished 16-22. There was no shortage for him in player production as he averaged 20.8 points, 15.4 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.3 steals per game. This led Williams to getting a 10 day contract with the Suns in 2015 and not looking back.
Alan Williams is a perfect fit for this young Suns team heading into the future. In the 2016-2017 NBA season, he averaged 7.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 15.1 minutes per game. His second season in The Valley of the Sun was more successful than his first in 2015-2016, when he only played a total of 10 games, compared to 47 in 2016-2017.
In the stretch after the allstar break, Williams got more opportunity. In 22.6 minutes per game in that span, he averaged 11.4 points per game and added 9.1 rebounds. This included 15 double doubles off the bench, which ranked 35th in the NBA. His per 36 minutes stats were highly impressive as well.
“Big Sauce,” Williams nickname, has not let his height determine his career in basketball. He has a motor that never quits and even with offensive and defensive limitations, still finds a way to score efficiently around the rim. He is a hustle player every fan loves to have on their team.
Going forward it will be interesting to see if the Suns re-sign Alex Len. The Suns put the qualifying offer on him to make him also a restricted free agent so they have the ability to match any offer sheet his way.
The move could not come as a better time for a guy that loves the city of Phoenix. Alan Williams was born and raised in Phoenix and his parents also work in the area. His mother, Jeri, this past season was named the Police Chief of Phoenix, while his dad, Cody SR., is a peace judge for Maricopa County. Suns fans all over love this move.