Being traded or drafted to the Los Angeles Clippers wasn't ever really a good thing. But last year, after the shadow cast over Cleveland post-LeBron James era, Mo Williams was elated to be shipped out to the city of angels.
Mo was the locked-in starter for the start of the season but in a span of days, fellow All-Star veteran point guards Chauncey Billups and Chris Paul arrived probably causing Mo to contemplate a way out of L.A. sooner rather than later.
It's safe to assume that the Clippers fans, management and Williams thought of him as trade bait, but ironically, the luxury of having both Billups and Paul has now been more of a gift to the scoring Williams.
Mo is in a much better position and so are the Clippers with this year's clear-cut early favorite for Sixth Man of the Year.
Williams is playing more than 25 minutes every night and in his last five games is averaging right at 22 points per.
At first there seemed to be confusion as to how Williams would be used with three point guards on the Clippers roster. But playing with the second unit, Williams is allowed to be a true scorer, which he naturally is, instead of a facilitating, score-second point guard.
Mo is able to create his own shot off the wing from 20 feet out and continues to shoot the three in transition from the wing extremely well.
The Clippers plethora of reliable shooters in Billups, Paul and Caron Butler allow Williams to isolate and make his man defend one on one.
How important is Mo to the Clippers success?
While Griffin and DeAndre Jordan bring the excitement to the Staples Center, Williams seems to be the catalyst in really bringing it all to life. Paul and Billups seem to be cautious about throwing alley-oops at times whereas Mo throws it up when Griffin or Jordan call for it without a hesitation.
For the Clippers to even think of trading Williams at this point would be shocking.
Mo is bringing a game and mentality to Los Angeles that is truly unique and gives this team a characteristic that is apart from the NBA.
Williams willingness to play a backup role with a great attitude has made the Clippers complete and playoff ready for the West.
Mo spent years chasing a championship in Cleveland to no avail and as good as the Cavaliers were during the regular season, it never seemed as if they could pull it together to win a championship.
Things aren't perfect and a championship isn't guaranteed in Los Angeles. But with the additions of Williams and Reggie "I'll-do-the-dirty-work" Evans, the Clippers have solidified their roster and are considered real contenders in the NBA.