Posted by: Omar on July 12th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Marvin Williams was a player I had always wanted the Jazz to use their PTE for, so when the PTE was used to get Mo, I was a bit confused and disappointed that it was not Marvin. When I read the Hawks were blowing up their roster and wanted expiring contracts in return, I thought it was a perfect time to get Marvin Williams (I would have liked Al, Watson, and Bell to have been traded though). Anyway, this is a really great move for the Jazz, one that I am very excited about.
There was this one NBA player selected 3rd in the draft. The first couple of years in the league, many critics felt he was nothing special. Over the first 6 years of his career, the 3rd pick averaged 11 points; 2 rebounds; 3.5 assists; shot 38%FG and 32% from three point land. Nothing special. In the 3rd pick’s first 6 years, he was traded 3 times and played for 4 teams. Nothing special. At the end of his 6th season, the 3rd pick once again was traded!!!
There was an NBA franchise that went 32-50. In the following year, the team had a 50-win season and made the playoffs, winning their first playoff series in over 10 years. The following season, this NBA franchise traded for the aforementioned 3rd pick whom was drafted in a draft 6 years ago, a trade that was like most trades—nothing special. However, that year with the 3rd pick now on the team, the franchise went to the conference finals. And in the following year, that franchise won the NBA championship.
Granted, that franchise traded for a young center that became an all-defensive center, and granted, that franchised won its championship starting a second-year player, this is not a direct analogy, because this franchise did have a Hall-of-Fall coach that prided his teams on defense, and this franchise had two elite frontcourt defenders; the 3rd pick though, was seen as nothing special, until he helped make this team championship contenders.
Marvin Williams is GOOD!!! In fact, his story is a lot like Chauncey Billups’ story: never lived up to high expectations in his first years in the league, seen as mediocre with unimpressive numbers, but was and is a hard worker, a great teammate, and always improving. This trade may not seem like anything special, but the right combination is always special. And YES, Corbin is no Larry Brown!!!!, and Al is no Ben Wallace either!!!!, but there are some parallels. This just might be the breakout year for Marvin Williams, and maybe Corbin will trust his young players like Brown trusted Prince and Hamilton, and maybe a defensive center that does not take 17.2 shots per game and plays no defensive will be replaced by hard-nose defender that rebounds and controls the paint, even if his offensive game is not fancy (I am talking about replacing Al with Kanter, in case its not obvious). Marvin Williams will have a lot more impact than people realize.
Hopefully, KOC is not finished with the roster (trade Al, please, or bench him with >20 minutes per game), but one thing is clear, Marvin Williams is a great addition. Welcome to the Jazz, Marvin.
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