After expressing displeasure with him role as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers last season point guard Mo Williams found himself as part of a four-team trade that landed him with the Utah Jazz. But after being injured much of this season and now facing unrestricted free agency, Williams may be hard-pressed to find a spot as a starter any time soon.
Williams has started every game he has played in with the Jazz this season, but he has only produced 11.9 points and 6.4 assists in those 36 contests. While Williams’ assist totals are solid, his scoring average is the lowest he’s had since 2005, his second season in the NBA. For someone known as more of a scorer than distributor, that’s a bit alarming.
Now 30, it’s beginning to look as if Williams isn’t near the same player he was in his All-Star days with the Cleveland Cavaliers as LeBron James‘ sidekick. Williams hasn’t averaged over 15 points since then and his field goal percentage has hovered around the .420-.430 range, with his player efficiency rating dropping to sub-standard levels (14.2 PER since the 20110-2011 season).
There may be a couple teams that could use Williams in a role similar to that of Jason Terry as a designated scorer and long range shooter off the bench, as he is still a solid three point shooter, as his .381 percentage from deep this season and .386 for his career indicates. In fact, Terry’s former team the Dallas Mavericks would be a good destination for Williams next season.
The only problem is whether or not Williams is ready to accept that type of role instead of wanting to be a starter, which he may no longer be on the NBA level.