Memphis Grizzlies Logo
Memphis Grizzlies Logo
Ziaire Williams Headshot

Memphis Grizzlies | #8 | Forward











6'9" | 185lb | 20 years

Player Bio


Selected by the New Orleans Pelicans with the 10th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft on July 29, 2021… Draft rights (10th overall in 2021) traded by the New Orleans Pelicans with Steven Adams, Eric Bledsoe, the draft rights to Jared Butler (40th overall in 2021) and a protected 2022 first round draft pick (via Los Angeles Lakers) to the Memphis Grizzlies; the Memphis Grizzlies traded Jonas Valanciunas, the draft rights to Trey Murphy (17th overall in 2021) and the draft rights to Brandon Boston (51st overall in 2021) to the New Orleans Pelicans and the draft rights to Tyler Harvey (51st overall in 2015) to the Charlotte Hornets; the Charlotte Hornets traded the Devonte’ Graham to the New Orleans Pelicans; the New Orleans Pelicans traded Wesley Iwundu and a protected 2022 first round draft pick to the Charlotte Hornets in a three-team trade on Aug. 7, 2021… Signed a multi-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies on Aug. 8, 2021.


Played one season at Stanford University (2020-21)… Competed in 20 games (14 starts) in his lone season with the Cardinal and averaged 10.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 27.8 minutes… Top-10 finalist for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award… Pac-12 All-Freshman Team Honorable Mention… Pac-12 Freshman of the Week (Dec. 21)… Naismith Trophy Player of the Week (Jan. 11)… Ranks eighth all-time at Stanford in points per game by a freshman and sixth in free throw percentage (.796)… Posted the second triple-double in program history with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists on Jan. 7 vs. Washington… This marked the first triple-double in Stanford history that included assists… Scored a career-high 19 points on Nov. 30 vs. Alabama in the Maui Invitational… Scored in double figures 12 times.


Born Sept. 12, 2001 in Lancaster, Calif… Son of Marquita and Ziaire Williams… The highest-rated prospect in Stanford men’s basketball history… A five-star prospect by 247Sports, Rivals and ESPN ranked fourth, fifth and seventh at the national level, respectively… Selected McDonald’s All-American, Jordan Brand Classic, Nike Hoop Summit and Iverson Classic in 2020… California Wooden Award Open Division High School Player of the Year… Averaged 15.0 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists as a senior at Sierra Canyon High School.