Jalen Williams of the Oklahoma City Thunder became only the 11th rookie in NBA history to record 32 points, five rebounds, five assists, and a pair of steals and blocks in a single game.
In Sunday night’s 129-119 win over the Utah Jazz, the guard scored a career-high 32 points in 34 minutes of action. The Santa Clara product finished 12-of-15 (80%) shooting from the field and 4-of-5 (80%) outside the arc.
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Jalen Williams became just the 11th rookie in NBA history to have 32 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks in a game.
JDub’s reaction to the news: “Ah yeah, that’s cool. Whenever you hear Michael Jordan and LeBron.. that’s awesome.”
stat credit: @BasketballGuruD
— Brandon Rahbar (@BrandonRahbar) March 6, 2023
“Down the stretch they were doubling Shai [Gilgeous-Alexander] a lot,” said Jalen Williams. “I kind of happened to be there. Just getting more comfortable about where I’m at on the floor.
“All year, we’ve been talking about coming out fast. I thought we did a good job of that. Obviously, with Shai coming back, we were all playing in our normal spots, too, so there was a lot more comfortable feel.”
Thunder guard Jalen Williams becomes the 11th rookie in NBA history to record 32 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals, and two blocks in a single game
Williams leads all Western Conference rookies in points, assists, and steals. Through 60 starts of his rookie season, the 21-year-old is averaging 13.3 points, 4.2 boards, 3.1 assists, 1.4 steals, and 29.5 minutes per game.
Plus, Jalen Williams is shooting 52.1% from the floor, 34.9% beyond the arc, and 76.6% at the foul line. The 12th overall pick in last year’s draft has also made starts in 47 games so far this season.
I plugged Jalen Williams’ stats (pre 32-point game) into @CerebroSports Global Search and filtered to non-centers,
The results are… pretty crazy. pic.twitter.com/2eDzYmnAzJ
— Derek Parker (@DParkOK) March 6, 2023
“I just thought our guys started the game really well,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said. “We were in our spots and making them earn everything. We made some shots early [and] they missed some, but we forced them to go to jump shots early.”
In December, Jalen Williams was named Rookie of the Month for November after averaging 10.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game. He also shot 51.1% from the field and 82.1% at the free throw line. Williams’ previous season high was 27 points against the San Antonio Spurs on Nov. 30.