Feb 23, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks small forward Marvin Williams (24) and Atlanta Hawks power forward Josh Smith (5) fight for a loose ball with Orlando Magic power forward Ryan Anderson (33) during the first quarter at Phillips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Marvin Williams vs Ryan Anderson

I’ve seen lots of trade rumors recently with Ryan Anderson coming to the Jazz.  Most of these rumors are merely a wish list from Jazz fans that think Ryan Anderson would be a good fit in Utah.  The problem I have is Ryan Anderson’s remaining contract and the fact that Marvin will be a cheaper stretch four option for the future.  Marvin Williams is only 28 years old and has had an outstanding year this year compared to his injury plagued season last year.

Per 36 minutes sheds some light on to whether Ryan Anderson is actually a better pickup or whether the Jazz should keep Marvin.

Marvin Williams 43.7% fg’s, 39.9% 3’s, 12.9 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.3 steals, .8 blocks

Ryan Anderson 43.8% fg’s, 40.7% 3’s, 19.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, .8 assists, .5 steals, .3 blocks

Marvin is either tied in everything or the better option than Anderson other than in points.  If we look closer Anderson takes on average 5 more shots a game.  High volume shooters don’t equate to better players.  For those Jazz fans out there that REALLY want Anderson, maybe the grass isn’t greener on the other side.  Marvin Williams is a viable option and a great guy to have in the locker room.  He loves Utah and has already stated he wants to be here for the youth movement.

Ryan Anderson has 2 years left on his contract at around $8.5 million a year.  Marvin is getting paid $9 million this year but will likely receive a contract for around $6-7 million a year.

A quick recap shows us that Marvin shoots less shots but his averages tell us he could do what Anderson does in the point category if needed.  Marvin is much better at every other statistical category and will arguably be a cheaper option going forward.  Marvin also has the advantage of being the guy in the locker room that everyone loves and is a great guy off the court as well.

So let’s hear your voice Jazz fans on who you would rather have between the two players:

Which player would you rather have on the Jazz?

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