BY: ED COLE
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The Phoenix Suns believe in forward/center Alan Williams so much that 10 days after signing him, they’re giving him a multi-year deal.
Williams – a native of Phoenix – went undrafted in 2015, and played earlier this season with Qingdao DoubleStar of the Chinese Basketball Association, where he led the league in rebounds (15.4 per game) in 35 games this season, in addition to scoring 20.8 points per game.
Williams played in the 2015 NBA Summer League with the Houston Rockets, and averaged 20.5 points and 11.8 rebounds in four games with Houston in Las Vegas. Williams earned All-NBA Summer League Second Team honors with some of his best performances, including a 22-point, 21-rebound game against the Philadelphia 76ers on July 17, and a 27-point, 10-rebound game against the NBA D-League Select team on July 10.
Williams (6-8, 260) had a fantastic career at UC Santa Barbara in 2015. Williams – who’s the Gauchos all-time leading rebounder (1,125) and second-leading scorer (1,732) – led the country with an average of 11.8 rebounds in 2014-15, and he ranked second nationally with 11.5 in 2013-14. Williams was named Big West Player of the Year, after averaging a career-high 21.3 points in 2013-14. He averaged 15.5 points in 112 career appearances.
Williams attended North High School where he was part of two state title teams, and was named All-Arizona as a senior in 2011. He made his debut with Phoenix on Thursday night in Utah. He played 2:12, and scored one point, and he had one steal in the Suns’ 103-69 loss to the Jazz.