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Jazz VP Dennis Lindsey says Nigel Williams-Goss’ competitiveness, intelligence, motivation is at the top 1 percent

Dennis Lindsey, Nigel Williams-Goss, Jazz

For Utah Jazz  Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Dennis Lindsey, guard Nigel Williams-Goss’ level of competitiveness, intelligence, motivation is at the top one percent.

Per Aaron Falk of nba.com, Lindsey shared his thoughts on the development of Williams-Goss — whom they drafted 55th overall back in 2017. Recently he inked a contract with the Jazz and is set to make his NBA debut.

“All NBA players are motivated,” Lindsey said, “but our fans will soon see he’s in the top one percent in terms of competitiveness and intelligence and motivation.”

Though he was drafted in 2017, the 6-foot-4 Williams-Goss only suited up for the Jazz in the Summer League of that year. After which, he took his talents overseas, particularly for the Serbian basketball club Partizan then the Greek team Olympiacos.

It was a move that he had to make. After all, the Jazz were already loaded in the guard spot. His batchmate, Donovan Mitchell, was seen as the future star for the Jazz. Given this fact, Williams-Goss admitted that there was no way that he’ll make the cut. But all throughout his journey, the Jazz kept his eyes on him — looking for signs of improvement. After two years away from the NBA, Williams-Goss’ dream has come true.

“It’s such a blessing, man,” he said. “When you work every day and you pray every single day from the time you’re 10 years old and you get that one call that makes a dream a reality, it’s an indescribable feeling. I’m just on cloud nine to be back.”

Time will only tell is he can indeed make waves in the NBA. Yet it is pretty evident that he’s motivated to succeed. And sometimes that’s all a player needs.