Alan Williams: The Phoenix Son

Alan Williams is Phoenix to the core. Born in Phoenix, Arizona’s High School Player of the Year at North High in 2011, Phoenix Suns fan since childhood. You can hear all of this in Phoenix Native Futuristic’s “Phoenix Son,” a song written about Alan Williams and his commitment to Suns basketball. “Where was you born? Phoenix. Where do you score? Phoenix.”

Alan’s father, Cody Williams, was a Phoenix City Council member from 1994 to 2002 and has his Master’s Degree from Arizona State University. His mother, Jeri Williams, is the chief of police in—you guessed it—Phoenix, Arizona. Alan Williams IS Phoenix, and he wants to be one of the players bringing a winning culture and intensity back to the Suns.

Last year, Alan Williams played in 47 games, working his way into the rotation using intensity and strength to make up for the height he lacks as a 6’8’’ center. After the All-Star break last season, he averaged 11.4 points and 9.4 rebounds which certainly isn’t bad for a backup averaging 15 minutes per game. Those numbers aren’t stellar, but what Williams does pass is the eye test. Whenever he’s on the court, he fights for every rebound, which is one of the reasons he totaled 12 double doubles in 24 games after the break. His love for the game and his team, his humble nature, and his incredible work ethic define what Suns culture needs to be.

When he’s not on the court, you can find the Suns social media team making a “Big Sauce Reaction of the Week,” where they take his best celebrations and compile them into weekly videos.

giphyHis Twitter profile says it all: “#15 for the Phoenix Suns living out my dream one day at a time”. He grew up watching the Suns, and now he is leading the charge for a team that needs to turn itself around.

Why is this article coming out now? Because after a long wait, the return of Big Sauce is imminent. Williams, after signing a three-year, $17 million contract this summer, underwent a meniscus repair on his right knee. He’s been sitting out for the last six months, and now his return is imminent. Williams is approved to return on Thursday against the Jazz in Utah but has thought about waiting until Saturday in order to make his return at home.

Words cannot describe how excited I am for Alan Williams to step back on the court. I’m a Phoenix native, born and raised, and this guy really knows what it’s like to represent his city. Not only that, but he can play. He’s a tenacious rebounder, he’s got a deadly floater just outside the post, he’s a nasty defender who can stay in front of guys, he’s everything you want in a backup center, and I have missed watching him play.

Alan Williams loves where he plays, and him setting foot on the court at Talking Stick Resort Arena is worth all kinds of celebration.