Chicago Bulls’ forward Patrick Williams is set to return to the lineup on Monday (3/21) in a 8PM EST matchup against the Toronto Raptors.
“He’s anxious to get back,” Bulls’ head coach Billy Donovan said Friday, via ESPN.
“Physically, he feels good. He knows the timing part is going to take a little bit of time. But I think just how he feels and where he’s at mentally, he wants to come back and play.”
The Bulls – losers of eight of their past ten games – desperately need Williams to help fix holes on the defensive end.
Currently, the Bulls rank 20th in defensive rating, per the NBA.
The Bulls made moves to improve their defense; namely the signings of Alex Caruso, Lonzo Ball, Derrick Jones Jr., and Tristan Thompson – but they haven’t made enough of an impact to warrant significant improvement.
Williams, the fourth pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, is a versatile wing defender with a seven-foot wingspan.
Oh, and he’s also a career 40% three-point shooter.
Williams missed most of this season with a wrist injury.
If Williams continues to develop on the offensive end of the floor, the Bulls will have a legitimate chance to make noise in the Eastern Conference.