Apr 24, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks small forward Marvin Williams (24) drives to the basket against Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul (3) during the second half at Philips Arena. The Hawks won 109-102. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE

Utah Jazz Player Profile: Marvin Williams

In early July of this year the Utah Jazz traded away point guard Devin Harris to Atlanta for small forward Marvin Williams. The trade made sense for the Utah Jazz in so many ways. There were a number of reasons that needed to be resolved if the Jazz were going to make progress beyond the first round of the playoffs.

Though Devin was a factor in the Utah Jazz making it into the playoffs, he was also a factor in the Jazz losing in the first round. The Jazz turned to him as one of the players to try and get pass the Spurs. Averaging two more minutes a game, every aspect of his game dropped off. It became evident after the first round exit that Devin was not the answer the Jazz were looking for.

On the other side of the country the 2005 second overall pick Marvin Williams seemed to have little effect on the Hawks attempt to cash in on the Joe Johnson era. He contributed only 10.2 points per game during the season, and a dismal 7.3 points per game despite playing an average of 25 minutes per game between both the regular season and the playoffs. It was obvious that Marvin was not playing up to the expectations of an overall second pick.

The trade was ideal for both the Utah Jazz and the Atlanta Hawks. Each would sign a five year deal with their new team, Devin for $35.20 and Marvin for $37.36. The Jazz would now look to revitalize Williams stalled career. In desperate need of shooters to draw defenders out to the parameter the Jazz will work with Marvin .389 3 point percentage and .432 field goal percentage from last season. As a bonus Williams brings pretty impressive defense abilities to the table.

Don’t be surprised if Marvin returns to the role that earned him the second overall pick in the draft by coming off the bench behind Gordon Hayward, and occasionally playing next to Gordon in a defensive rotation. As Coach Corbin showed last season that he is willing to try different combinations and rotate off the bench often, look for Marvin to brilliantly fill the role as one of the much needed shooters. I predict that he will average 12 points per game off the bench giving the Jazz extra spice from a shining role player.

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