Hornets Select Mark Williams With 15th Pick In 2022 NBA Draft

Charlotte Acquires Multiple Future Picks In Exchange For Draft Rights To No. 13 Pick Jalen Duren

June 23, 2022 – The Charlotte Hornets tonight selected centers Jalen Duren and Mark Williams with the 13th and 15th overall picks in the 2022 NBA Draft. The team then traded the rights to Duren to the New York Knicks in exchange for the Denver Nuggets’ 2023 first-round draft pick, the Knicks’ 2023 and 2024 second-round draft picks, the Utah Jazz’s 2023 second-round draft pick and the most favorable of the Dallas Mavericks’ and Miami Heat’s 2023 second-round draft pick.

A 7-1 center from Duke, Williams appeared in 39 games with averages of 11.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in 23.5 minutes per game as a sophomore during the 2021-22 season. Williams was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and was a finalist for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year after he led the ACC and ranked 12th in the nation in blocks per contest (2.8) and became just the second player in Duke history with 100 blocks (110) in a single season. He also ranked fourth in the ACC with eight double-doubles and sixth in the conference in rebounding, being named to the All-ACC Second Team by the media and Third Team by the coaches. His 72.1% field goal percentage was the second-best single-season percentage in school history, and he was the only player in the country to shoot better than 70.0% from both the field and the free-throw line.

In two seasons at Duke, Williams averaged 9.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 20.4 minutes per game over 62 career games. He finished his career with 142 blocked shots, which places him seventh on Duke’s all-time blocks leaders list.

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