The New York Knicks will be without one of their bright young players as Troy Williams will miss the remainder of the season with a fractured jaw.
Unfortunately for Williams and the Knicks, his season will be cut short. According to Ian Begley of ESPN, Williams will miss the remainder of the season after fracturing his jaw against Detroit on Saturday.
The Knicks say Troy Williams sustained a fractured jaw in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game against Detroit and will miss the remainder of the season.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) April 2, 2018
With only five games left in the season and not much to play for, this injury isn’t coming at an awful time. Of course, it is always unfortunate when a player suffers an injury, but Williams’ play should be enough to secure a roster spot next season. He’s shown enough athleticism and upside to feel comfortable about his future with the team.
Williams numbers with the Knicks are up slightly over his career numbers. But the numbers aren’t what caught the Knicks’ attention. Williams’ ability to use his athleticism to slash to the basket and get out in transition is intriguing for the team going forward.
The biggest question facing Williams this offseason will not be the recovery of his fractured jaw, but the development of his three-point shooting. The three-point shot has never been as important as it is today.Williams is a 29 percent three-point shooter for his career and that won’t cut it in today’s NBA. If he can develop that aspect of his game, he will take his career to the next level.