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Courtney Williams embracing the floor general role for Sky

1 year agoElena Shklyar

Showing up and showing out at the highest level is nothing new for Courtney Williams.

Just a mere nine months ago, the seasoned veteran was playing for a WNBA title with her former team in the Connecticut Sun and nearly tasted the feeling of being crowned a champion.

Fast forward to late June and Williams is redefining herself and her definition of success in a new position playing for her new team in the Chicago Sky.

“I’m stepping into a different role,” Williams said. “This is my first time ever in my whole basketball career playing the point guard position. So, [people have] been lighting me up on social media, but folks got to give me grace.”

Over her career, Williams averaged 11.1 points in 2022; in the first 12 games of this season, she is averaging 7.2 points.

“Obviously, I have to find my balance of figuring out where I can be offensively effective,” Williams said. “But it’s going to come. That’s where I’m trying to be at the next step in my career.”

“I’m really trying to be a true point guard that can still score. I’m just trying to find that balance of making sure I’m not calling my number all the time but also calling my number sometimes.”

In the 80-59 loss to the Washington Mystics on June 22, Williams dished out an impressive 9 assists, tallied on 4 rebounds and added 5 points.

While her offensive production may be lower, Williams is making up for it in other areas of her game. She is averaging 6.3 rebounds and 5.5 assists so far this season compared to 4.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists in the 2022 season.

“It’s just a lot more thinking and just changing my mindset of what success is going to look like at the point guard position for me,” Williams said. “Success is not going to look like what I am used to it looking like when I was going for 15 points per game.”

“Success for me in the point guard position is probably not scoring, but getting 10 assists. Maybe 5 points but getting 7 assists and 5 or 6 rebounds. That success looks different. I’m just mentally trying to get in that place.”

Williams has taken her new role as floor general in stride and is currently the second-best rebounding guard in the league and is in the top five in assists.

“I’m playing a completely different position where now I have to be the quarterback out there,” Williams said. “Now my mindset is making sure [Marina] Mabrey gets shots and Kahleah [Copper] gets shots and making sure everybody is where they are supposed to be.”

“Sometimes when you’re doing that, you push yourself to the back burner. That’s what this team needs.”

She credits her years playing shooting guard for helping her understand how she can give her teammates better opportunities to score.

“It’s just knowing where my wings are going to get their shots, because I’m used to getting my shots there,” Williams said. “I know how I want the ball, where I want it and I understand that flow of the game. It’s new and it’s a lot of thinking out there. It’s taking on a lot but I’m excited about it.”

Williams does have one last message to fans as she figures out how she can best fit into the Sky’s equation for success this season with her new duties.

“Give Court some grace man,” Williams said. “Please give Court some grace.”

To hear more about Courtney Williams’ journey, watch the video below.

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