With Rajon Rondo, Jared Sullinger and Leandro Barbosa all out for the season, the Boston Celtics are in need of help. Some have speculated that the trade market would provide such aid for Boston, but general manager Danny Ainge has opted to take a different route.
Twenty-five-year-old swingman Terrence Williams is now a member of the Celtics. So how does he fit into Doc Rivers' design?
A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England confirms that it is a 10-day contract.
Terrence Williams signing is a done deal according to #celtics source— gary washburn (@GwashNBAGlobe) February 18, 2013
With the injuries Boston has sustained, this is nothing short of sensible.
In 2011-12, Williams averaged 8.8 points, 4.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds on 46.1 percent shooting for the Kings in 20.5 minutes per game.
Prior to the 2012-13 NBA regular season, however, Williams was cut by the Detroit Pistons (via The Detroit News). T-Will opted to head overseas and play for the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association (via Yahoo! Sports).
It appears as if his dreams of an NBA career have been rekindled. So how will it all transpire?
Ball-Handler and Facilitator
For those unfamiliar with Terrence Williams, he is a phenomenal athlete with solid handles and quality court vision. With this combination of tools, Williams fits the bill of a "point forward."
That's exactly what role he's best fit to play under Coach Rivers.
Rajon Rondo is not only an elite facilitator, but the only true point guard on the Celtics roster. Avery Bradley has proven to be more of an undersized 2, while Jason Terry is mainly effective in limited sets as the primary ball-handler.
Even as Paul Pierce racks up the assists, the Celtics need a new dynamic.
This leads to the potential for T-Will to step in and become a primary ball-handler. Such an approach would allow players such as Jason Terry and Kevin Garnett to work off of the ball and be found in spot-up situations.
This should be music to the Celtics' ears, as they are heavily reliant upon ball movement (per NBA.com, they rank third in assisted field-goal percentage).
Shooters Go Off-Ball
According to NBA.com, the Boston Celtics score 25.2 percent of their points on mid-range jump shots. That is the second most of any team in the NBA, which requires one truth to be acknowledged.
Without a player to facilitate their offense, their mid-range Js become isolation spot-ups. Terrence Williams is exactly what Boston needs to cure said woes.
Williams' arrival allows the Celtics to place Jason Terry and Courtney Lee on the floor at the same time. Both players are reliable shooters from beyond the arc and each can work off of the ball as T-Will creates for them.
For those who believe the Celtics won't benefit from adding another facilitator, think again. Exactly 63.4 percent of their field goals made are assisted.
Whether or not Williams realizes his potential is a debate for another day. The fact that Williams provides athletic and facilitating depth to a team in dire need of such traits, however, is undeniable.
Boston's signing of Terrence Williams works perfectly for Doc Rivers' design.