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At times this offseason, Williams popped into Hewitt’s office to offer an update on his progress, often beaming about his decreased weight.

“He’s talking about his body and I’m like ‘You’re not a model here, all right?’ ” Hewitt said. “But he looks great.”

Williams intends to stay that way. He’s hopeful to eventually play at between 235 and 240 pounds, though he still needs to add muscle. It’s the next step for a guy who is wary of getting pushed around inside after years of using his mass to bully opponents near the basket.

He estimates his weight is at its lowest since his junior year of high school.

“I’m really proud,” Williams said. “I never thought I’d see myself with a six-pack. But now that I have it, I’m at the stage where if I eat something, I’m like, ‘I’ve got to get in the gym.’ If I eat something heavy, I’ve got to get in the gym and work out and make sure I maintain my frame and expand my game.”

Williams spent part of the summer at home in Memphis and saw his younger brother for the first time in about a year.

Unsurprisingly, Williams‘ physical transformation immediately stood out.

“His brother said, ‘Man, look at you — what the heck went on with you?’ ” Handerahan said. “He takes great pride. He’s worked extremely hard and done everything we asked of him. Because he’s bought in, he’s reaping the benefits now and we’re hoping he reaps the benefits on the floor and helps us win a lot of games.”