The 23-year-old on the heels of signing a two-year contract with the team suffered a jaw injury versus Detroit on Saturday and will miss the rest of the season.
The New York Knicks’ forward Troy Williams will miss the remainder of the season, five more games, after he suffered a broken jaw during Saturday’s home game versus the Detroit Pistons, the team announced.
New York signed Williams to a two-year deal after he showcased for the team in two consecutive 10-day contracts. The forward had averaged 7.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in 17.1 minutes per game in 17 total games with the Knicks, making his first start with the team on Saturday. Troy was shooting 49 percent from the field and 33 percent from three and more than one steal per game, per Basketball-Reference.
Williams was a surprise find by general manager Scott Perry and the front office, who have hit on a few practical pieces while working in the shadow of star Kristaps Porzingis‘ devastating injury. While trade deadline acquisition Emmanuel Mudiay hasn’t exactly worked out perfectly, the finds of Trey Burke (via the team’s G League affiliate, the Westchester Knicks) and Indiana product Williams (who last played and was waived by Houston) have built confidence in the team’s scouting and developing departments.
Troy appeared to be injured on this play on Saturday, via our own Knicks Film School:
Here’s the play where Troy Williams got hurt pic.twitter.com/Z5VQMWvyE1
— Knicks Film School (@KnickFilmSchool) March 31, 2018
Although there are only five remaining games on the season, Williams was a fun player to watch for the deflated team, poking balls loose, running in transition, and slamming dunks home to the amusement of Garden crowds.
Williams is signed to a non-guaranteed deal with the Knicks for the next season, but barring trouble in rehabilitating his jaw, it appears he’ll be back with the team in a crucial wing spot the squad desperately needs.