Dec 11, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Utah Jazz power forward Marvin Williams (2) reacts as a timeout is called against the Sacramento Kings during the first quarter at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Marvin Williams is the X Factor

What does Marvin Williams and the Jazz record have in common?  All 5 wins are with Marvin in the lineup.  In fact, the Jazz are 0-10 without Marvin and 5-9 with him.  Better yet in the last 5 games Marvin has played in the Jazz are 4-1.  4-1!?!  Two of those wins were on the road and one was at home against the Rockets.

I know what a lot of you are thinking: NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I get it.  I want a top 2-3 pick as well, because having Jabari or Wiggins in SLC would be great for the organization.  The problem I have with that thinking is I HATE losing.  I cannot justify losing even if the team gets a game changing player.  Yes, I should be okay with that, but I’m not.  In fact, the NBA would be a much better league if tanking couldn’t be accomplished.

Since Marvin has started the Jazz are 4-2 and Marvin is a +22 on the court.  It’d be even better if we took away the -20 on the floor in OKC.  In the last 5 games Marvin has hit at least 2 threes every game which is something the Jazz desperately need.  I really hope Marvin is here for the future so I hope he doesn’t play “too good” to get traded by the deadline.  He brings an element to the Jazz that only he can bring which also helps the Jazz when Kanter goes in so he’s playing against bench players who Enes can easily dominate.

If I’m the Jazz, keeping the guys playing at a level and giving them self confidence is more important than making sure the Jazz have 20 or fewer wins.  Again I’ll repeat myself  from before, even if the Jazz win 75% of their home games left and 25% of their road games they will still only get to 33 wins.  That isn’t going to happen.  Jazz will not get to 25 wins at home and they will be very lucky if they get to 9 wins on the road.  So let them play, if the best case scenario is the Jazz win 33 games then let them play it out because more than likely the Jazz will win 23-27 games and be the 2nd or third worst team.

All I know right now is: where Marvin Williams goes the Jazz go.

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  • sjames

    Great article! I agree, Marvin has taken on a strong role ever since that first win. I remember that it was Marvin who hit a huge 3 and then started pumping up the crowd. Since then, he seems to have received a spark of youth back to him. I think that he is definitely playing his way into a NBA contract next year.

  • Cody Casey

    AMEN!! I couldnt have said it better, Marvin has proven he can play, just not in the NBA, looks like he’s finally getting it. Did he ever play the 4 last year? I think that has to do with it.

    • Josh Haslam

      He played the stretch 4 when he came off the bench and he did do better off the bench than when he was starting. It definitely has to do with that.