With the third pick of the seventh round, the Nets are very excited to select...
7.03 Shelden Williams(PF/C)
Height: 6-9 / 2,06
Weight: 250 lbs. / 113,4 kg.
College: Duke '06
Wingspan: 7-4 1/4
Standing reach: 8-8
Maximum vertical jump: 33.5 inches
Quite a physical specimen... Strong and athletic... A big presence in the paint... Tough defensive player... Will block a lot of shots... Not very good on the offensive end... Foul prone.
Williams is an outstanding rebounder and shotblocker who is a warrior inside. Williams has excellent strength (benched 185 pounds 25 times, second best in the pre-draft camp),is a hard worker who has good low post moves and has worked hard to improve his foot work. Williams is a good low post scorer who needs to expand his range and away from the basket game. He does a good job of drawing fouls and has worked hard to improve his touch from the free throw line.
He excels at rebounding and shot-blocking, and his toughness and competitiveness make him go after every rebound. He's a strong post-up player with a variety of moves, giving him the ability to score inside. Has a big, wide base when he posts inside and is strong enough to not get pushed off the block. Doesn't mind physical play and will bang and mix it up with the best. Strong and physical, he can score and take the hit for and-ones. Constantly gets to the free throw line. Has excellent timing along with the uncanny ability to stay out of foul trouble when attempting to block shots. Runs the floor well and will finish in transition. A solid scorer with his back to the basket. Great strength and, despite his bulk, is actually pretty explosive. Has improved his perimeter shooting and can hit a jumper from 10 feet out.
Importantly, Shelden comes from a winning program and knows what it takes to win. At Duke, the Landlord was one of the best rebounders and shot blockers in college basketball. A beast in the paint. His size (6'9", 250 lbs.), aggressive style of play, and shot-blocking ability make it seem as though he "owns the paint," thereby earning him the nickname "The Landlord." Williams earned the 2005 and 2006 NABC Defensive Player of the Year Awards while at Duke, becoming only the fifth player in history to earn the award two consecutive years (others were Duncan, Okafor, Battier and Augmon). He holds Duke's career blocks record, single-season blocks record, and career rebounding record, while he is 17th in career blocks on the NCAA charts. He is the third player in ACC history to have 1,500 points, 1,000 rebounds and 350 blocks (joining Tim Duncan and Ralph Sampson).
Although he'll probably never be an 18-ppg player in the league, he could be a 10 rebound, 2.5 blocks per night type power forward, which is great for the Nets scoring squad. Has a great work ethic and is willing to put time in the gym to get better. Lunch-pail worker. Tough as nails. Karl Malone-like qualities if he continues to get stronger and add some more bulk. Will be a very solid, team-oriented NBA player who is willing to do all the little things that makes teams better.
Playing with a strong young power nucleus of Acie, LeBron and Bogut, Shelden will mesh well and help the Nets fill seats and contend for championships for years to come.
Welcome to the Nets Shelden!!!!