Troy Williams scores 21 points in Rockets debut

  • 04/03/2017 8:26 am in

It’s been a whirlwind rookie season for Troy Williams.

The former Indiana forward left Bloomington after his junior season and wasn’t selected in last June’s NBA draft. Williams played in the NBA Summer League with Phoenix before signing a free agent contract with Memphis.

Williams broke training camp with the Grizzlies and played in 24 games, making 13 starts. He also spent time in the D-League with the Iowa Energy before being waived in late January.

After clearing waivers, Williams went back to the Energy, where he stayed until signing with Houston in mid-March. Williams played in 10 games with Houston’s D-League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, before being called up by the Rockets on Sunday.

With James Harden sidelined with an illness and Trevor Ariza out for personal reasons, Mike D’Antoni inserted Williams into the starting lineup in his Houston debut.

And Williams delivered.

The Indiana product scored 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting in 39 minutes as Houston beat Phoenix, 123-116. Williams hit six 3-pointers and also added five rebounds, three assists, a steal and just one turnover.

In 25 NBA games this season, Williams is averaging 5.9 points, two rebounds and a steal in 18.3 minutes per game.

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