Utah Jazz small forward Marvin Williams will miss sixth months after he undergoes surgery on his right Achilles tendon and heel on Monday. It is unfortunate that the Jazz will be without Williams for the first couple months of the 2013-14 NBA season. With that being said, Utah could have certainly suffered a bigger loss or received worse news than that.
Williams will most likely opt into the last year of his contract to stay with the Jazz next season. The decision will be made because of the surgery as it was unknown exactly what the seven-year player was going to do in the offseason. Williams will receive $7.5 million and the Jazz will get more depth at forward.
The good news is the 26-year-old should be more effective on the court as the soreness in his right leg and foot most certainly played a role in his diminished production last season. It is also good that the surgery should not take anything away from Williams.
The downside of the surgery is that he will obviously miss valuable time this summer and in training camp. He will also lose out on a chance to prove he deserves a bigger role on the team.
Losing Williams for a portion of the year will not break Utah’s season. It is unfortunate because his production was expected to go up after he spent more time with the team. At this point, the Jazz must hope that Williams will not suffer any setbacks and that he will be an asset when he is able to make his 2013-14 debut.
Williams was traded from the Atlanta Hawks to Utah for Devin Harris last summer. He averaged 7.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 23.7 minutes per game. He also converted 42.3 percent of his 6.4 shot attempts and 32.5 percent of his shots from beyond the arc in 73 games (51 starts) last season.