Somebody who seems to get lost in conversations about Jazz basketball these days is Marvin Williams. I was pretty down on Marvin last year but i think this year he could be huge for the Jazz of the bench, once he returns from injury of course. Marvin Williams was brought in last year to be that 3 and D player that Jazz GM Dennis Lindsay always talks about. Marvin did one of those things very well last year, he played great defense and i was really impressed. His shooting on the other hand was sub par only shooting 32% from threes 7% down from his 39% the year before in Atlanta.
To be fair Marvin was pretty banged up last year and I think these injuries effected him greatly throughout the season, he was never the same especially after he smacked his head on the court. When Marvin was moved to the bench he seemed to embrace the role and came out with energy playing defense and rebounding the ball which was much needed. Now with the addition of Brandon Rush to play the 3 and Biedrins to play backup 4 or 5 Marvin needs, no, must become the stretch 4 Lindsay and Co. are looking for.
Can Marvin become a stretch 4? lets look at some of the top performing stretch 4′s in the NBA right now:
H: 6′ 10″
W: 240 lbs
At 6’10 and 240 lbs Ryan Anderson is the best stretch 4 out there. He is mobile for his size and can shoot the 3 point shot better than anyone in the league.
H: 6′ 9″
W: 241 lbs
Morris is less productive than Anderson but serves the same purpose, a 4 that can stretch the floor and his the open shot from the 3 point line and in.
H: 6′ 8″
W: 228 lbs
Marvin is a little bit smaller than these players but is just as athletic and can be a times a very good shooter. If Marvin can add an extra 10 lbs he could be big enough to bang with the other power forwards down low and still be able to stretch the floor like the 2 players mentioned above.
I think we could have a nice defensive bench if Marvin and Rush can be on the floor together, this would also provide some shooting and be able to stretch the floor for whatever big guys are playing with them at that time.
what do you guys think? Can Marvin be a stretch 4? Should he be a stretch 4?