Following his arrival in late January American Forward Tim Williams was a handful for opponents with his smooth back to the basket moves and his sweet mid range jumpshot making him one of the toughest matchups in the league.
The 25 year old Forward from Chicago Illinois joined the Riders with an impressive resume following a successful college career with New Mexico State University before playing his Rookie Professional season in Finland with Kataja and KTP Basket.
It didn’t take long for Williams to find his feet in the BBL as he proved to be the final piece to the Riders puzzle as they went on to win the Benecos BBL Playoff Final behind a 20 point, 10 Rebound game from Williams which saw him collect the MVP award.
Tim Williams also went on to collect the Clubs “Most Improved Player” which Head Coach Rob Paternostro said was because Tim was the Player that improved the team the most since joining the club.
February 10th 2019 V Plymouth Raiders – BBL Championship
Stat Line: 34 Points (16-19 FG), 5 Rebounds, 3 Assists
In just his fourth game with the Riders Tim Williams was untouchable pouring in 34 points whilst shooting an incredible 84% from the Field. Williams established himself early with a strong drive to the basket just 8 seconds into the game.
The Riders soon realised Williams was the hot hand feeding him inside off post ups, rolls to the basket and in transition. The Raiders struggled to find a suitable matchup for the newly recruited American forward as he dominated inside guiding the Riders to a 87-90 victory on the road.
March 1st 2019 V Worcester Wolves – BBL Championship
Stat Line: 21 Points (10-17 FG), 8 Rebounds, 2 Assists
The Leicester Riders faced their Midlands rivals the Worcester Wolves at the University of Worcester Arena in early March in their second meeting of the season. For Tim Williams it was yet another productive game dominating in the paint with his trademark jump hooks.
The Wolves clawed the Riders lead back in the 4thquarter but a Tim Williams and one with 5 minutes to go put some daylight between the 2 team as the Riders managed to win on the road 80-85.
May 19th2019 V London City Royals – Benecos BBL Playoff Final
Stat Line: 20 Points (10-12 FG), 10 Rebound, 3 Assists
Tim Williams continued his incredible playoff form right through to the Final at the O2 with a 20 & 10 double double to claim the Riders 3rdPlayoff victory on the bounce. Williams got going early with a jump hook inside to give the Riders a 28-19 lead with 6 minutes left in the first quarter.
The American forward continued to have his way inside scoring a further 2 easy ones around the basket before nailing an uncontested 2 off a pick and pop with Connor Washington. As the Riders found their range from 3 in the third quarter Williams was able to find space inside scoring off multiple dishes around the ring whilst crashing the glass for second chance opportunities.
Williams stellar performance earned him the MVP award which was massively deserved as he averaged 21.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game on an outstanding 77% from the floor over the Playoff 5 games.