Williams played college ball at Duke, before transferring to Memphis, and was drafted in 2010 by the Portland Trailblazers. Williams only managed to play 24 games in his first two seasons due to injuries to his knee and shoulder. Williams also missed the entire 2012-2013 season due to an achilles injury. He then played major minutes for an awful 76ers squad during the 2014-2015 season.
Last season he bounced around the league with the Utah Jazz, Hornets, and New Orleans Pelicans on ten day contracts. Williams saw court time with only the Jazz and Pelicans and averaged three points a game in nine minutes a game. He never saw court time with the Hornets.
Williams was unremarkable as a fringe NBA player, but really shined in the D-League with the Santa Cruz Warriors. During the regular season he averaged 21.3 points per game while also dishing out a team leading 7.4 assists per game. In addition to being a volume scorer and willing passer; he also shot a respectable 37 percent from behind the arc.
During the postseason he continued to dominate and lead the Santa Cruz Warriors to a title while being named Finals MVP. Excelling when pushing the pace, attacking the basket, shooting threes, and whipping the ball around to teammates like it was a live grenade.
Williams certainly showed his skill in Santa Cruz, and he might be a valuable rotation player after his stand out performance. There's problem is the Hornets roster stands at the maximum of 15 guaranteed contracts, so there's little chance he will make the opening day roster barring a trade or injury. The other main issue is the roster is loaded at the two guard position with Nicolas Batum, P.J. Hairston, Troy Daniels, Jeremy Lamb, and newly signed Aaron Harrison.
Elliot Williams will certainly compete in training camp, but don't expect him to be on the roster on opening day barring something drastic.