3 balloon bursting performances from Timberwolves 1st Summer League game

Josh Minott (Photo by Cassy Athena/Getty Images)
Josh Minott (Photo by Cassy Athena/Getty Images) /
3 of 5
Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Summer League Timberwolves Roster Brandon Williams
Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports /

III: Brandon Williams got himself noticed

In any NBA Summer League contest, it’s not unusual for a player to show up big in the post-game statistics that surprise everyone. And while we knew that former Arizona point guard Brandon Williams had plenty of upside potential to impress, we didn’t realize that he would be so good at it so quickly.

Well, maybe that is on us, as Brandon Williams did play in 24 games for the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2021-22 NBA season, and started 16 of those games. Over that period, he averaged 26.7 MPG and 12.9 PPG, along with 3.1 RPG, 3.9 APG, 1.0 SPG, and 0.4 BPG.

The Minnesota Timberwolves appear to have satisfied the need for depth at the point guard position with the signing of veteran point guard Shake Milton. But with veteran Mike Conley Jr. on the last year of his contract, could there be room for one more point guard?

More talent for the Timberwolves pipeline?

It’s impossible to ignore the fact that Brandon Williams was able to start 16 games for the Trail Blazers, particularly when the Timberwolves have struggled at the position recently. While that was not enough to stay on the Trail Blazers roster, it is a great prerequisite for showing  up in a huge way for the  2023 NBA Summer League it seems:

That’s pretty good for his debut. And better yet, the 23-year-old point guard stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 190 pounds, and plays in a role that I could definitely see the Timberwolves wanting to add depth for the future. While that is not a sure path to a Two-Way contract, I could see a strong series from Williams resulting in the Timberwolves offering him the Two Way contract currently unsigned by last year’s Two-Way forward Matt Ryan.