“To the best of their ability, they try to treat us as if we were here in the NBA, providing us with food, providing us with a full staff to help us develop and get better; weight program,” Williams said. “I mean, when you play for the 66ers, it’s almost as close to being in the NBA as you can get without actually being there with everything that they do for you, which is similar to here. It’s not (the NBA), obviously, but for the league and being a minor league team, I mean, they treat you very well. Their main focus is to help the players and guys develop and get to the next step, whether it’s for them or the NBA or whether it’s overseas or whatever.”
Williams certainly benefited.
The 27-year-old out of Virginia Military Institute was averaging a team-leading 21.1 points for the 66ers, along with 5.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 37.5 minutes. He is the D-League’s reigning Performer of the Week for his efforts in leading the 66ers to a 3-0 record while averaging 25.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.3 steals.
“They’ve been patient with me, taking the time to work with me and help me get back to ultimately where I want to be, as well as everybody else down there,” Williams said. “They’ve been great so far.”
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