Troy Williams

Troy Williams making strong bid for Kings' roster spot: 'You notice him'

Troy Williams making strong bid for Kings' roster spot: 'You notice him'

SACRAMENTO -- The NBA is all about opportunity. For young players trying to break into the league, it may only knock once or twice ever and it’s the player that seizes that moment that usually finds a home. 

Kings fans were reminded of this fact on more than one front Wednesday evening at Golden 1 Center. Late in the game, former Kings draft pick, Malachi Richardson, stepped onto the court for cleanup duty. Selected by Sacramento with the 22nd overall selection in the 2016 NBA Draft, Richardson looked like a keeper midway through his rookie season and then he tore a hamstring muscle.

The injury lingered into the offseason of 2017 and then Richardson had another setback in Las Vegas Summer League. By the time he was ready to compete for minutes, the Kings had already moved forward with a different group of youngsters. 

Richardson’s opportunity had come and gone in Sacramento. He was shipped to the Raptors at the deadline later that season for Bruno Caboclo.

So far this season, Richardson has played in seven contests for a total of 35 minutes for Toronto. At 22-years-old, there is still time for him to make his mark in the league, but whether he gets another real opportunity to shine is unknown. 

While Richardson made a late appearance in the final two minutes against the Kings in the Raptors 114-105 win, another young player trying to secure a home in the league was adding to his highlight reel. 

The Kings inked Troy Williams to a two-way contract during the first week of the season and so far, he’s remained with the parent team and is making an impact. 

Against the Raptors, Williams scored seven points on a perfect 3-for-3 from the field, including a pair of huge dunks. He added three rebounds and two assists while playing tough defense in 14 minutes of action.

“It’s what they ask of me - just to be versatile, just to be athletic, just to defend multiple people,” Williams told NBC Sports California. “What I focus on is how I can help this team defensively before anything else.” 

The sample size is small, but through four appearances this season with Sacramento, the 23-year-old wing is producing at a high level and stealing minutes from players on the regular roster. He’s bringing an intensity to both ends of the floor while averaging 8.3 points on 66.7 percent shooting from both the field and the 3-point line.

“It’s hard, I’ll figure out what I want to do here in the rotation wise,” Dave Joerger said. “He comes in and he gives us some pop and I like that both defensively and offensively. He gets a couple of dunks, he gets a couple of cuts. You notice him and he makes an impact in that way.” 

After going undrafted out of Indiana in 2016, the 6-foot-7 small forward has moved from one team to the next looking for a chance to play. Signed originally by the Memphis Grizzlies, Williams is on his fifth team in three seasons, including stops with the Rockets, Knicks and Pelicans. 

“The right opportunity, the right fit, that’s with anybody, that’s everybody, especially people that took the road that I took, being undrafted,” Williams said. “You just get in where you fit in.”

He’s in a roster crunch in Sacramento, but that hasn’t stopped Williams from performing every time he steps on the court. 

As a two-way player, the Kings can use him for up to 45 days before having to make a decision on his future with the team. If he continues to earn rotational minutes and help the team, the decision will only get tougher for the Kings’ brass.

Sacramento currently has 15 players under contract. If they hope to add Williams to the regular roster, another player would have to be traded or waived. Luckily there is time to make a decision.

Kings notes: Buddy Hield hits the glass in Sacramento's fourth straight win

Kings notes: Buddy Hield hits the glass in Sacramento's fourth straight win

Keep it rolling. The Kings are marching through their early-season schedule. On the second night of a back-to-back, the Kings struggled late, but found a way to push through for a 107-99 win over the Orlando Magic. 

Six players scored in double figures, including a pair of players with double-doubles. The Kings outran, out-hustled and ultimately outscored the Magic on their way to their fourth straight win.

Here are seven notes as the Kings move to 5-3 on the season.

Hit the glass

Buddy Hield is more than just a shooter. The third-year pro posted a huge 25-point, 11-rebound double-double to help lift the Kings. With De’Aaron Fox hurting, he helped push the tempo all game long and mixed in among the trees to help out on the boards. 

Bjelica stays hot

Nemanja Bjelica turned a tough matchup into a positive Tuesday evening. The 6-foot-10 forward went to work against a super athlete in Aaron Gordon, and came out on top.

Bjelica knocked down 8 of 13 shots from the field, and drilled three 3-pointers on his way to 21 points. He added eight rebounds, two steals and a block.

Double-Double machine

Willie Cauley-Stein posted his fourth straight double-double, dropping in 14 points and 11 rebounds in the Kings’ win. Against a big Magic frontline, Cauley-Stein missed a few shots, but he’s running the floor and bringing energy. 

Fighting through the pain

De’Aaron Fox came into Tuesday questionable with a strained lower back. It wasn’t until an hour before the game that he was cleared to play. 

Fox didn’t have his typical numbers, but he kept playing to finish the evening with 14 points and five assists in 30 minutes.  

Two-Way for the win

The Kings added Troy Williams to a two-way contract in the first week of the season decided to take him with them on the trip. With Iman Shumpert sitting out, Williams filled in nicely, scoring 12 points and grabbing five rebounds in 33 minutes.

He’s a high-energy guy with great length and a defensive mindset. If the Kings can come up with a roster spot, he would be a nice addition to the squad.

Bagley over Bamba

Marvin Bagley was active against fellow rookie, Mo Bamba. He finished the game just one rebound away from a double-double, posting 10 points and nine rebounds in 23 minutes. He continues to put up stats when given minutes. 

Stat of the night

The Kings outrebounded the Magic 51-48 on the evening. It was the third time in four games that they have posted 50 or more rebounds in a game.  

Tuesday was also the fourth win in a row for the Kings. The last time the team won four straight was Feb. 14, 2017, the second-to-last game of DeMarcus Cousins' Kings career. 

Kings sign small forward Troy Williams to two-way contract

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Kings sign small forward Troy Williams to two-way contract

The Kings have signed small forward Troy Williams to a two-way contract, the team announced on Saturday. 

Williams, 23, is a two-year NBA veteran. In those two years, he has played for three different teams. 

Last season between the Rockets and Knicks, Williams appeared in 21 games and averaged 6.3 points per game. He has averaged 6.2 games for his career over 51 games played. 

Williams went undrafted out of Indiana University. 

Every NBA team can have two players signed to two-way contracts to play between the NBA and the G-League. The Kings used their first one on forward Wenyen Gabriel.