As his sterling rookie season approached its end, Jalen Williams found himself mentioned alongside Oklahoma City Thunder royalty. The Thunder made Williams the 12th pick in the draft for occasions just like this as he found himself at the right place at the right time when he collected Josh Giddey’s miss and beat the buzzer with a game-winning putback layup. The thrilling conclusion was part of an enormous night for Williams, who tallied a game-high 27 points alongside eight rebounds and six assists to join Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook as the only rookies in franchise history to post a 25-5-5 game in a 107-106 victory on March 29, 2023. Williams averaged 14.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game to earn a spot on the NBA All-Rookie First Team.
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