Posted by: Chris on July 10th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
I haven’t seen much mention of our new starting 3 in the posts here, so I figured I’d get a discussion rolling. Marvin Williams entered the league in the 2005-2006 season and has spent his entire career with the Hawks. Here are some observations:
BIG. The guy is a large SF, bulky at a full 6′9″ 230-235 lbs.
IMPROVING. Earlier in his career, Williams failed to utilize the natural advantages available to him. He gave marginal defensive effort, and though his shooting talent was always present (well over 80% FT indicates this) he took bad shots and didn’t understand his role in the offense or defense. As he’s matured, clearly he knows his roles on both ends of the court better. His defensive positioning was better last year, and Hawks team defense with him on the floor was much better than previous years. He also placed more of an emphasis on his range shooting, attempting more threes (3.6 per 36 minutes) and making them at a career-high 38.9% clip. He also posted career-best rates in rebounding, steals, turnover avoidance and foul avoidance, even if the limited minutes (~1500 compared to average of 2000+ for the rest of his Hawks tenure) made that improvement harder to see in counting stats. Basically, it’s clear that Williams has a much better understanding of the game now than in previous years, which could lead to another big leap forward as he enters his prime.
UNFOCUSED. Though he’s improved a lot, Williams still takes a number of bad shots from the field, which led to him posting a career-low 43.2 FG % despite having probably his best overall year in this past 2011-2012 campaign. He doesn’t have a favorite spot on the floor and his very good shooting touch is partly negated by an occasionally inconsistent shot motion. Basically, Williams can be a bit awkward at times.
NEW FACE, OLD STORY. Williams is a very talented and skilled player who hasn’t capitalized on his advantages. A similar case on a lower skill level would be CJ Miles. Now it’s time to see if Williams will plateau or wilt entering his prime like Miles seems to have done, or if he’ll continue to expand his game, learn, grow and flourish (like Millsap, for instance).
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