After initially signing a 10-day contract, Terrence Williams has agreed to a deal that will allow him to finish the 2012-2013 NBA season with the Boston Celtics with a team-option for next season. For the Celtics, this may be an underrated move that can really help them.
Williams has appeared in just four games for the Celtics this season and has averaged just 3.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game over that time. However, he has also shot an impressive 46.2 percent from the field and has only played 11.5 minutes per game over those four games.
More importantly, Williams has provided offense and energy off the bench in his limited time for the depleted Celtics. In fact, he’s been much more of an asset than the newly acquired Jordan Crawford, who has averaged just four points, three rebounds and one assist per game on 33 percent shooting in his four games with Boston.
Williams isn’t going to threaten to take minutes from guys like Jeff Green, Courtney Lee or Jason Terry, but he has the skill and athleticism to be a reliable bench-player for the Celtics down the home-stretch of the season and potentially into next year.
With injuries to Rajon Rondo and Leandro Barbosa, Williams is helping to fill an obvious void on this Celtics roster. They need a player who can come in and play solidly while giving their starters some rest. It may not always be pretty, but Williams is definitely able to get the job done on the floor and that’s really all Boston needs him to do for the time being.