One of the least talked about tanking efforts of the 2013-2014 NBA season thus far has been that of the Utah Jazz. After decidedly choosing to not bring back either Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap this season as the frontcourt duo entered free-agency, the Jazz have decided to move forward with a young core, one that might not have much success this season.
There are still a handful of veterans scattered on the Jazz’s roster heading into the season, though. Newly acquired Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedrins both should provide some veteran presence to this team, as could a player like John Lucas III. Marvin Williams is yet another veteran on this Jazz team, but he has a bit of a different situation than his fellow veterans.
Coming into Utah’s training camp, Williams is still rehabbing from surgery that he had to repair his heel and his Achilles tendon this summer, per The Salt Lake Tribune. As of right now, Williams is mainly only spending time on the treadmill with no serious basketball activities in his regimen. Though the coaches plan to move him along cautiously, Williams added that he doesn’t believe he’ll miss much time in the regular season.
In his first season with the Jazz last year, Williams was quite underwhelming. In 73 games he averaged only 7.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.5 steals in 23.7 minutes per game. To make matters worse, he shot a meager 42.3 percent from the floor and hit on only 32.5 percent of his three-point attempts. On both ends of the floor, he was certainly lackluster.
Once he gets healthy this year, though, Williams could have value even if his play only improves slightly from last year. Williams should be able to help give young players like Derrick Favors help as the young guys transition into bigger roles this season and in the future. It may not be an enormous impact, but Williams could still have some value for the Jazz once he’s healthy.