NBA Free Agents 2012: Can Marvin Williams Resurrect His Career with Utah Jazz?
As of this morning, the Jazz have agreed in principle to a trade that would send point guard Devin Harris to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for small forward Marvin Williams. While this trade is good for both parties, many Jazz fans have worried whether or not Marvin Williams is even worth Devin Harris.
The forward may have been a second overall pick in 2005, but since then he hasn't lived up to those lofty expectations that come with being a top-five draft pick. While he may not have been in the best situation in Atlanta (iso), it does seem that Utah is the perfect place for him to get a second chance.
During the 2011-2012 NBA season, Marvin averaged a measly 10.2 points, 1.2 assists and 5.2 rebounds. Those numbers are fairly close to his overall career averages. All-in-all, the guy definitely has not been turning any heads.
The main thing that sets Marvin apart are his defensive tendencies. He's a fairly great defender, and will be added to a cast of already solid defensive players (Al Jefferson not so much, Gordon Hayward yes). Presumably taking the reins from a departing CJ Miles and Josh Howard, a lot will be expected from Marvin early on, and it's up to him whether or not he can produce.
He is a very big guy for a small forward (measuring in at 6'8" and almost 250 lb.) with a freakish wingpsan. It's also quite clear that Marvin is a fairly decent jump shooter—something the Jazz desperately need (especially when Gordon can't hit the broad side of a barn some nights).
But for Marvin, playing on a team full of dynamic frontcourt offensive threats will have its upside. There will be many a night where teams will be focusing primarily on the tandem of Derrick Favors, Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, so Williams will need to be prepared to shoot that ball whenever necessary. He'll likely be dividing the bulk of minutes with Mr. Hayward, so the two of them should definitely be working on that jump shot this offseason.
Defensively, Marvin will help tremendously, especially when teamed with Gordon Hayward. Both are defensive studs and can make up for the lack of defense on Al Jefferson's part.
It's a great situation for Marvin. He's coming from an oft-forgotten Atlanta Hawks team to a Utah Jazz team with a very, very passionate fanbase. Do us right, Marvin, and you'll be loved for the long run. Continue to be a lazy, underachiever...and well, you've seen how we feel about CJ Miles. The choice is yours, Marvin.
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