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Old 06-23-2012, 03:56 PM   #1
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Default Elliot Williams doing OK as he heals from injury

Elliot Williams, at just 23 years old, is likely one of the most patient guys you're going to find in the NBA. He had to bide his time while missing the entirety of what would have been his rookie season after undergoing surgery to remedy patellar subluxation (basically a fancy word for chronic knee dislocations) in both knees.

Then, during the 2011-12 season, after showing glimpses of elite athleticism and a smooth shooting stroke, Williams missed the final 27 games of a 66-game schedule after dislocating his left shoulder during a practice in Boston on March 8. No injury ever comes at a good time, but for Williams, dislocating his shooting arm came at the worst possible time, seeing as how the 6-5 guard was expected to see an increase in minutes as Portland's emphasis went from making the playoffs to developing young talent on the roster.

So two seasons after being selected 22nd overall out of Memphis in the 2010 Draft, Williams has played just 149 minutes in 24 career games. Given that, and his relative youth, you might assume Williams might rush his rehab in order to really being his NBA career.

You'd be wrong.

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