August 13, 2008. The day that could perhaps have changed Cleveland Cavaliers history.
No, this was not the day that LeBron James was drafted and became the instant face of the franchise. No, this was not the day that LeBron said he would consider other offers from other teams come 2010. No, this had nothing to even do LeBron James.
Instead, this is related to a man known as Mo. Mo Williams, the man who has carried a Cavaliers team to a 21-0 start at home. The best part: he's not even the star. Yet the 6'1" point guard, who came over in a trade on August 13 from the Milwaukee Bucks, has displayed that just because he is not the standout, it does not mean he can't lay the smackdown on the NBA's best.
The Crimson Tide alumni has displayed everything that any true point guard in the NBA needs to be a successful court commander. In a league in which superstars dominate the ongoing mental and physical gameplay, it is up to the other factors to assist in making a win seem much more plausible.
Assist, Mo does.
With 17.8 ppg in the regular season, Williams has emerged as the second leading scorer on this Cavaliers team, including a 43 point explosion on January 27 against the Sacramento Kings at home.
Overall, Williams has proved to the general public that physical ability isn't as necessary to thrive in the NBA as the mental aspect. In a league that relies entirely on pure superstardom and over-enthusiastic fans, Mo has been able to use his brains in propelling the Cavaliers to one of the Eastern Conference's, and NBA's best records.
Be it through driving to the lane and sending a quick kick-out to LeBron or demonstrating the pump-fake three, Mo Williams has sent some of the NBA's greatest into pure awe.
Arguably the best part about the Williams trade is the hope that he has brought to Cleveland, Ohio.
This Cleveland Cavaliers team is just a couple of seasons off of a beautiful playoff run. LeBron was sharp, the defense was great—up until the finals. There, they received a 4-0 walloping from Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, and the rest of the Spurs gang.
The speedy guard brings that extra niche of versatility that the team has been missing. This season, the Cavs have the best record at home, having started the season at 21-0 at the Quicken Loans Arena.
As the Cavaliers make the push during the playoffs, it will be important for them to remember what propelled them to the top of the league—a young, little known Milwaukee Buck. Mo Williams.
And when Marv Albert announces the NBA Finals MVP, we will all be crying "Mo, Mo, Mo!"