At the end of May news broke that Marvin Williams needs to have surgery on his right heel due to a tear in his Achilles tendon in his right heel. Recovery time for this injury was expect to be around 6 months which would put Marvin’s return sometime in December if his recovery followed the timeline given. News has been surfacing as of late that Marvin is ahead of schedule in his recovery and could possibly be back with the team as early as training camp. Regardless if you like Marvin Williams or not this is great news as the Jazz need as many players on the bench as possible.
The Jazz starting line up is pretty much set with Burke, Burks, Hayward, Favors and Kanter but the bench is where this team is going to need some help. We don’t know the status of Brandon Rush and if he will be ready on day 1 of the season. Dennis Lindsay has said they are going to be very cautious with Rush and want to make sure he’s ready to go. If Rush isn’t an option off the bench the Jazz are looking at a bench of Andris Biendrins, Jeremy Evans, Rudy Gobert, Richard Jefferson, John Lucas III and Ian Clark. Having Marvin Williams and Brandon Rush apart of that group coming off the bench will be a big deal as far as how well the Jazz will do this upcoming season.
Last night on our Podcast with Bill Oram (Click here for the Podcast) Bill posed the question “What are your expectations for this season?”. This was a great question that all Jazz fans need to think about because honestly we don’t know how these young players are going to perform together on the floor. We need to come to the understanding that this team could very well struggle and have a very tough season ahead of them. Personally I think they will over achieve what they are expected to do and have the potential to fight for the 8th seed in the West. There is one thing I believe that could make this season a disaster which I mentioned to Bill Oram last night and that one thing is injury. I believe injury is the one thing that can take this team from 30-35 wins to under 25 wins and possibly significantly under 25 wins. I don’t want to mention specific players but if one of our key starters goes down for a long period of time the bench is simply not deep enough to come away with wins to keep this team afloat.
Getting Marvin Williams back as soon as possible is a HUGE deal to this Jazz team. Marvin can play the 3 or the 4 for the Jazz and has the ability to stretch the floor with his outside shooting. He’s deadly shooting the 3 from the corner and can help cause mismatches with other teams who have slower, less athletic Power Forwards. Marvin Williams is long and a solid defender which is also a great asset to this team off the bench. Marvin may not be the star player he was once thought to be when he was drafted out of North Carolina but he is a great option off the bench and can provide valuable minutes that this Jazz bench is in desperate need of. Let’s all hope that the rumors are true and Marvin will be ready for training camp coming up in just over a week.