Memphis Grizzlies Rumors: Mo Williams Would Be Solid Backup Point Guard
The Memphis Grizzlies made it to the Western Conference Finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs before being swept by the San Antonio Spurs. In the end, the Grizzlies defensive-minded style of play wasn’t enough to get past the Spurs, largely because Memphis couldn’t come up with enough offense.
The Grizzlies recently made a fantastic signing to address their offensive woes, though, as the landed free-agent wing Mike Miller, who will give them a jolt of offense and solid three-point shooting from the wing. However, they could still use an influx of scoring from another party if they really wanted to try and make the leap and possibly get to the NBA Finals next season.
Apparently the Grizzlies are indeed looking for another source of scoring off of the bench. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Grizzlies are heavily involved in the pursuit of free-agent point guard Mo Williams.
Though he was injured much of last season, Williams put up relatively solid numbers while with the Utah Jazz. In 46 games he averaged 12.9 points, 6.2 assists and one steal in 30.8 minutes per game. He also shot 43 percent from the field and shot a solid 38.3 percent from long-range. He wasn’t remarkable, but he was a solid point guard for Utah.
If Williams were to sign with the Grizzlies, it would greatly improve their rotation. Though Mike Conley is developing into an above-average starting point guard, they really lack depth at that position. Tony Wroten and Keyon Dooling don’t really inspire confidence as a team’s backups. Williams would help solidify that and would bring a scoring threat to the table off of the bench. If the Grizzlies are able to make a deal with Williams, it would be in their best interest.