Marvelous Marvin Williams had quite the bounce back year after playing injured all of the previous season. The crazy thing is Marvin got back to all of his career numbers this last season almost exactly across the board. Averaging 9.7 points (10.8 career), 5.1 rebounds (5.1 career), 1.2 assists (1.3 career), .5 blocks (.5 career), .8 steals (.8 career). The main difference in Marvin’s game this year compared to past years was his lack of penetration. Marvin went to the line 2 less time per game and shot 2 more 3′s a game.
Playing 66 games this year due to lingering injuries Marvin produced a great January and February. In fact he has a 3-game stretch where he score over 20 in each game and was lights out. At the first of February he scored 23 against both the Heat and Raptors and 21 against the Mavericks. The most memorable for me was the game against the Mavericks where he scored all 21 points in a the first 18 minutes of the game, including the Jazz’s first 14 of 19.
What needs to Improve:
If Marvin is going to sit at the 3 point line and stretch the D he has to be automatic. He was unconscious in February shooting almost 45%, but in March he shot just 22%. Marvin has a place on the court as long as he is hitting 3′s and for certain match-ups. If Marvin can attack a little more and get back to his 3-4 free throws a game I think that would be huge for him but also for the Jazz.
I love Marvin. I think he is a great guy to have on a team as he is not a selfish player and he is a great teammate. I hope the Jazz resign him and I hope he helps the Jazz get back to the playoffs. Marvin had an above average season I believe and helped the young guys learn a lot and I expect him to continue that in the future.
I was in Wendover just after the season ended and happened to run into Marvin at a craps table. I asked him if he was glad the season was over and he said “yes and no.” He said it was good to let his body heal up and that the Jazz would be much better next year. He loves it in Utah and he loves this group of guys. On a side note my buddy and fellow staff writer Tyson Newman rolled for about 20 minutes hitting 3-4 points and having all of us including Marvin winning.