Philadelphia 76ers Training Camp Profile: Rodney Williams
Rodney Williams was a member and actually a focal point of the Philadelphia 76ers Summer League team. He started all five games and averaged eight points on 50-percent shooting. He struggled from long range at 12.5 percent but the thing that caught the eye of general manager Sam Hinkie and head coach Brett Brown was his athleticism. The guy can flat out fly on the court and has tremendous leaping ability. He is a human highlight reel waiting to happen and that is part of the reason why the 76ers parlayed a Summer League stint into an invite to training camp.
With the preseason games now complete, the debate begins on how the Sixers will trim their roster from 20-15. Prior to the start of the preseason, Williams was considered right on the bubble of possibly making the team. But he was a no-show during the preseason and barely saw the court. He played in only two games and in 32 minutes, he went 1-for-6 from the floor and 0-for-2 from three.
The reason Williams has stuck around all training camp with this team is still because of his athleticism and he showed it in limited playing time by recording one steal and three blocks. The problem is he is a tweener in terms of his NBA skillset. At 6-foot-7 and only 205 pounds, he is somewhat undersized to play small forward and he most certainly does not shoot well enough to play shooting guard at the next level. Even in college Williams never shot better than 30 percent from beyond the arc in four years.
Hopefully Williams sticks around with the franchise and joins the D League affiliate Delaware 87ers because his athleticism certainly is intriguing. He needs a lot of time to work on some sort of offensive game. But if you give him an open lane, he can certainly put on a show. He is the kind of player that would be a nice role player on a good team. Unfortunately that won’t be the Sixers this year, but hopefully they can stash him in the D League until the rebuilding is complete.