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Shelden Williams out of Duke
Shelden Williams
6-9, 250 lb senior PF out of Duke
Age: 30 years, 310 days old
HomeTown: Forest Park, OK
NBA Upside: Nick Collison
ClutchFans Mock Draft: #5 overall to the Hawks
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Shelden Williams Profile
Meat, potatoes and a lunch pail: That's Shelden Williams. The 6-foot-9, 250-pound Duke product averaged 18.8 points, 10.7 boards, 3.8 blocks and 1.7 steals for the Blue Devils as a senior, earning First Team All American as a senior and National Defensive Player of the Year honors as both a junior and senior. Williams goes to work on both ends as he owns Duke records for single season and career blocks as well as career rebounds. Nicknamed "The Landlord", Williams registered a triple-double in a game as a senior with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks against Maryland.
Shelden Williams Strengths
Williams is a hard-nosed worker who brings it night in and night out. Ready to contribute right away with a strong, NBA-ready body. Tremendous wingspan that makes him a terror blocking shots - was fourth in the nation in swats at 3.8 a night. Strong rebounder - has a real nose for the ball. Strong character guy who plays with a lot of passion and energy.
Shelden Williams Weaknesses
Not a very smooth player - his offensive game is stiff and brute-like. Not very skilled scoring inside when facing the basket. Not a great passer. May not have much room to improve -- scouts just don't see the "upside" in Williams that they do in Aldridge and Thomas.
Shelden Williams on the Houston Rockets?
Though Shelden Williams isn't the flashiest pick in this season's draft, I'm partial to players with motors like the one he has. He won't put up the kind of numbers in the NBA that he did at Duke, but if you select Shelden Williams, there's a good chance you won't have to worry about the power forward position for many years. That's not something the Rockets can say right now with Juwan Howard and Stromile Swift.
-- Clutch
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