Can Reggie Williams Replace Anthony Morrow in the Warriors' Rotation?

Hadarii JonesSenior Writer IJuly 21, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 7: Reggie Williams #55 of the Golden State Warriors chases a loose ball in the second first against Kevin Love #42 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during a basketball game at Target Center on April 7, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Warriors defeated the Timberwolves 116-107. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Hannah Foslien /Getty Images)
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The Golden State Warriors will begin the 2010-2011 NBA season with a new owner and different players. Fans hope the changes will produce a far different result from the 2009-2010 season.

The Warriors finished last season with a disappointing record of 26-56, but the free agency acquisitions of David Lee and Dorrell Wright should help improve Golden State in the paint and on the defensive end, their two biggest areas of concern.

Andris Biedrins and Brandan Wright give the Warriors length, depth, and shot blocking in the post, and Stephen Curry should improve on a stellar rookie season where he finished runner-up for the league's Rookie of the Year award.

Monta Ellis will more than likely return next season, barring a late Warriors' deal, and if Golden State can improve their rebounding and defense the postseason is not entirely out of the question.

Another interesting development involves the departure of Warriors' fan favorite Anthony Morrow to New Jersey, and his assumed replacement Reggie Williams.

Many fans will hate to see Morrow go, but as far as replacements go I'm not sure if the Warriors could have hoped for a better player than Williams to assume that role.

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I'm very familiar with Morrow because he grew up playing in my hometown of Charlotte NC, and I was able to witness him evolve into a major college prospect who finally settled on Georgia Tech.

Morrow could always shoot the ball, but his work to refine his technique was impressive, and his dedication has transformed him into one of the more deadly long distance shooters in the NBA.

However, Morrow's game is limited, because, other than his amazing shot, there are no other distinctive parts to his game. Although he is an athletic player, he rarely capitalizes on the defensive end where it could help the Warriors most.

Although Morrow shot 46.8 percent from the field and 45.6 percent from the three point line he still had periods where he was ineffective, since his offensive game was limited to mostly three point shots. Morrow rarely put the ball on the floor to create his own shot or opportunities for his teammates.

In Williams, the Warriors have a player who can do both, because unlike Morrow, Williams is a scorer rather than a shooter.

I also watched Williams when he was in college at Virginia Military Institute where he was the NCAA's leading scorer as a junior, and he could put the ball through the rim in a variety of ways.

Williams may not be as pure a shooter as Morrow, but he can stroke the three, and more importantly he is a threat to score from any part of the court.

Williams only played 24 games for the Warriors last season but during that time he averaged 15.2 points and almost three assists on 49.5 percent shooting from the field, and 36 percent shooting from the three point line.

Nearly 50 percent from the field is impressive, but the three assists shows Williams was also adept at creating scoring chances off the dribble, and that number should only improve as he gets more time.

Williams is not as athletic as Morrow, but he is a little bigger, and he is able to use his 6'6" frame to create space when he is attacking the rim.

Williams could definitely improve his defensive game, but the same can be said for the rest of the Warriors as a whole, and if that area of their collective game doesn't improve, next season will end like 2010.

It was evident Williams had begun to win Warriors' fans over by the time the 2010 season ended, and now he will get a chance to completely capture the imagination, in the manner both Curry and Ellis already have.

Morrow's pretty jumpers from deep will surely be missed, but Williams ability to score from anywhere on the court, and the visible joy he exudes while doing it should be a suitable replacement for Morrow's limited game.