A Study in Green: Terrence Williams

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.

The Good

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.

The Bad

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.

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The Verdict

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.

What did you think of Terrence Williams in Green?  Did you want him to stick around for next season or were the Celtics right to waive him?  Please share your thoughts below.

Yet Another Purple: Boston Celtics @ Phoenix Suns preview

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Game time!

Stat check: The Suns have lost 7 of their last 10 games, with them coming off their worst season in team history (18-37)

Game time: 22 Feb 2013, 1300hrs AEDT

Watch it on: NBA League Pass

Roster changes:

  1. Rajon Rondo is out for the season with a torn ACL on his right knee.
  2. Jared Sullinger is out for the season after his back operation.
  3. Leandro Barbosa is out for the season with a torn ACL on his left knee.
  4. Newest Celtic member, Jordan Crawford, may make his debut tonight.
  5. Channing Frye out for the season with an enlarged heart condition.
  6. Sebastian Telfair has been traded to the Raptors for Hamed Haddadi and a 2nd round pick.
  7. Marcus Morris joins the Suns roster after being traded by the Rockets. No confirmation on his playing status yet.

Top enemy performers:

  1. Scoring: Goran Dragic (14.2)
  2. Rebounds: Marcin Gortat (8.5)
  3. Assists: Goran Dragic (6.6)

Keys to the game:

  1. Solving the big problem: Jason Collins is gone, and Doc plans to sit KG more often to keep him fresh for the road trip.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the Suns will take full advantage of this, especially when  they have a roster full of big men to throw at us (see: Gortat, Scola, and O’Neal). It will be interesting to see how Doc handles this situation.
  2. Dragic Magic — not today: Dragic leads the team in both scoring and assists, which makes him even more dangerous because of our thin frontcourt. Bradley will have an important role in containing him for the night.
  3. The Gangster Squad (revamped): This will be an interesting game, should Jordan Crawford make his debut. Will he be able to bring his guns to the table immediately? Will Terrence Williams continue to make an impact? If the two young guys can take up part of the scoring load, then JET will be able to focus on ball handling and assisting the plays. Wilcox will be a key player to this game, as his hustle and rebounds will prove to be the difference. And as always, we hope Green will posterise someone and make it into the Top 10 plays continue to put up an impressive performance off the bench.
  4. Get out of the funk: Hopefully the last game’s performance was yesterday’s news. With the new guys still learning the way of the green and us being extremely thin in depth, everyone has to give his full efforts in order to put this game away.

This game will be pure grit and grind. Howver, the Suns are not the opponent for the game. The greatest opponent is the Celtics themselves. Overcoming adversity, defying the odds, coming back from the dead, you name it. That’s Celtics basketball.

Finding consistency: Suns @ Celtics preview

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Three game win streak, more to come! There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be taking this game. Granted this season’s team has not been consistent even on home games, but hell if we do not get this one.

Fact: nothing is going to happen in the meantime, we are just going to have to rough things out until the 10th at least.

Game time: 10 Jan 2013, 1200hrs AEDT

Watch on: NBA League Pass

Roster changes:

1. Wilcox is still out with his thumb injury (sprained ulnar collateral).

The key to the win, as far as I’m concerned. Put up four good quarters and we’re done. The Suns are very prone to fourth-quarter offensive meltdowns (the way we used to be), keep the foot on the gas pedal and all will be good.

Containing Gortat/Scola
The Suns have two very good big men in Marcin Gortat and Luis Scola, both of whom can roll effectively off the pick, work off the post or take their own shot in the mid-range. Deny these options, and you’re left with less severe options like Dragic or Dudley’s shooting. Granted either of them could go off on scoring streaks, but Scola is the scoring anchor of this team, period.

No second chance points please. The better we can rebound on the defensive end, the better our chances of kicking it up in transition. This means rebounding machine Sully needs to do what he does, with everyone else chipping in. Our chances of getting rebounds are definitely better without overly helping on defense, something that the third factor relates to.

Dribble penetration
The Suns do not have aggressive penetrating guards outside of Goran Dragic, and containing the dribble penetration should not be an issue when we have a healthy Avery Bradley. Stop Dragic from directing the flow of the offense, everyone else on the court wilts. Limit the help defense from the big guys, and our rebounding improves. See how that works?

Not much to take away from this, it’s going to be a straightforward win unless the entire team decides to coast and collapse altogether. What do you reckon?