After 4 NBA teams and a stint in China, Terrence Williams signed with the Boston Celtics in the mid-season for some added depth at the guard spot. With the intention of having him as a backup point guard, Danny Ainge was intrigued with his versatility and exceptional ability to create for both himself and others. The general fan did not know a lot about Williams. What they did know was that he was a lottery selection, taken at the 11th pick in 2009. He was an athletic freak with good versatility, and he was also a “knucklehead” that teams gave up on. With strong leadership coming from within, the Celtics were hopeful that they picked up a player that would seize his opportunity and finally start realising his potential – all at a very cheap price.
It didn’t take Boston fans long to see Williams’ potential. In his second game, he posted a 9 point, 4 assist and 4 rebound game in 25 minutes of play against Phoenix. Because he was new to the team and unfamiliar with the system, Doc just let him play on instinct – which seemed to work wonders for him as his passes were crisp, his shot looked good, and he proved to be able to create for both himself and others. He had flashes where he showed his athleticism but with the inconsistent playing time and learning the team’s system on the fly, it was hard for him to show real value.
Terrence Williams averaged a pedestrian 4.6ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.6apg in only 13.3mpg through the remainder of the season. Being picked up at mid-season, inconsistent playing time was impossible to overcome. Despite his lack of playing time, Williams signed on with the team for a 2-year non-guaranteed deal. After being taken in the lottery, his NBA career had been dogged with maturity issues – and signing a multi-year deal with the Celtics showed that he may have finally turned a corner. Unfortunately, this was short-lived as he was arrested just after the season ended for allegedly brandishing a gun to the mother of his son. As the Celtics were already looking to shed salary so they could fall under the tax line, they acted quickly and waived Williams.
Williams was signed for 2 years because both Danny and Doc valued his ability to play point guard, plus his physical skills in being able to defend a larger 2-guard. The Celtics brass were optimistic that they had found the backup they were looking for. It is a shame that he cannot seem to get away from the trouble that has plagued his young career. Being young and loaded with potential, he still has a chance to shake off the negativity and still have a productive NBA career. If he doesn’t, it looks like a return to China and the CBA is possible.
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