Last July the Utah Jazz and Atlanta Hawks made a trade that did surprise me a tad as Devin Harris and Marvin Williams switched teams. Williams is a guy who spent his first four NBA seasons in an upswing, but the last four have his arrow pointed down and he has hit a low point lately.
In particular I am referring to his scoring, as even though Williams has declined for several years now he was still scoring double-digits per game, but as a Jazz player he is getting a career-low 7.9. In his first month in the NBA during the 2005-06 season Williams scored just 5.5 per game, and he is at just 5.8 points per game in February with a pair of games left.
Hard to believe that the former North Carolina Tarheels star has regressed all the way to a measly 5+ points per game lately. In his two games going in to the All Star break and the two coming out of the break Williams totalled 72 minutes and scored a measly 13 points, twice going scoreless and three times not making any shots from the field (yikes). The 6’9″ forward has had concussion-like issues, and recently a bit of a knee problem so Jazz fans hope that has led to his underwhelming season.
At this point I have to think that Williams will be a one-and-done in Utah as retaining him will likely mean committing $7-8 million for next season. Early on Williams’ struggles were dismissed as a guy adjusting to his new team, but his decline lately has to be concerning going forward.