Hornets Swarm Around Marvin Williams, Is He Fantasy Relevant?

Marvin WilliamsIf you listened to my podcast last season, you’ll know how much I hated the fact that Marvin Williams was playing as a starter for the Utah Jazz. But, it’s not because I hate Marvin Williams. The reason I was so vocal about the horrible coaching of Ty Corbin, was that the Jazz weren’t developing Enes Kanter, instead pumping minutes into Williams, who wasn’t their future, and was an unrestricted free agent. As it turns out, those minutes invested in Williams were indeed a waste (huge surprise) as he has signed a new deal with the Charlotte Hornets. Well, they weren’t a waste for Williams, as he parlayed that court time into a two-year, $14 million contract. Williams should be sending Corbin a very large gift basket right about now.

Shockingly to many, Williams was a decent fantasy option last season. As I’ve said many times, a lot of fantasy is due to opportunity and because Williams was getting inexplicable opportunity, he was able to put up numbers. Here are the final numbers for Williams’ final season in Utah.

2013-14 MIN PTS 3PM REB AST STL BLK FGA FG% FTA FT% Rank
Marvin Williams 25 9.1 1.3 5.1 1.2 0.8 0.5 8.0 43.9 1.1 78.1 114

There’s nothing too exciting about those numbers, with his only positive contributions coming in three-pointers, free throw percentage and his low turnover rate, but he is solid across the board and didn’t really hurt you too much.

After the Hornets’ audacious offer to Gordon Hayward was matched, the quickly turned their sights toward Williams, who will provide them depth at the three and the four.

The Hornets currently have Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Jeff Taylor at the three and Cody Zeller and Noah Vonleh at the four. Zeller is the presumptive starter at power forward and I’d imagine Vonleh will get the bulk of the backup minutes there, leaving just the scraps for Williams, but the interesting position is small forward. Kidd-Gilchrist, the number two pick behind Anthony Davis in 2012, has underwhelmed so far in his NBA career, showing great defensive acumen, but horrible offensive touch. Taylor, on the other hand, missed nearly all of last season with a torn Achilles tendon.

Because of the Hornets’ weakness on the wing, I’m projecting Williams to play close to the 25 minutes he played last season and the have the following numbers — very close to his Utah numbers.

2014-15 MIN PTS 3PM REB AST STL BLK FGA FG% FTA FT%
Marvin Williams 25 8.5 1.3 5.1 1.2 0.8 0.5 7.9 43.2 1.1 78.4

If Williams can put up those numbers and keep up the three-point shooting, he projects as the 130th player for next season. Having said that, I wouldn’t be taking him in 10 or 12 team leagues as I ‘d rather go with upside in those last rounds and I don’t think Williams has any of that. A great payday for Williams, not such a great move for fantasy.

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