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This morning I woke up, made coffee, turned on SportCenter and saw Marcus Williams had 17 assists yesterday in a summer league game.  Really?

The former UCONN product rode the bench last year on Golden State before being released in March, something to give GMs concern.  Especially coupled with the laptop stealing scandal he was involved in while in college.

However, let’s look at his recent body of work.  Everyone knows Don Nelson doesn’t play young players even if he should (ie: Anthony Randolph and Marco Belinelli) so one could attribute that to his lack of PT at GS.  After getting cutting, instead of taking the ‘Sweetney route’ and trying to eat his way back into the league, he immediately started playing professionally in Puerto Rico where he averaged 15.0 points per game, 5.3 rebounds and 9.3 assists, great numbers for any level of competition.  Seventeen assists in a summer league game also tells me that he’s playing unselfish even with unpolished players, he’s matured to the point where he’s not only looking for his own shot, and he knows what to do to get him noticed and back into the league.

The great thing about summer league is that free agents are just that, regardless of what summer league they are playing for.  That means the Celtics are free to pilfer any of these guys whose rights aren’t owned by the team their playing for.  Is Marcus Williams on the Celtics radar as a cheap back up point guard option should they not extend Gabe Pruitt?  Who knows.  But after yesterday’s performance, he’s on mine.

Should he be? Is he on yours?

  • http://celticshub.com Zach

    Marcus Williams is maybe the worst defensive guard in the league. It's an interesting thought, though, and signing him would require cutting Pruitt for sure if my roster spot calculations are correct.

  • Brendan Jackson

    Eddie House isn't exactly a defensive ace, better than MW for sure but he's a specialist. What about MW as our distribution specialist who might learn a thing or two from Thibodeau? Am I just having delusions of grandeur?

  • http://facebook.com James

    garbage

  • Jamie

    Hey, I live in Puerto Rico and attended various games where Williams played…As a playmaker he was on another level here he was always a step ahead of evryone, even his teammates, in seeing a play develop. That said, there were some games where his shot wasn't going in and instead of just acting as a player he would put up shot after shot, many forced, and take his team out of the game. Also, when guarding other elite players in the league down here he was lit up regularly. Despite this he was clearly the best foreign player in the league and led

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  • Jamie

    Hey, I live in Puerto Rico and attended various games where Williams played…As a playmaker he was on another level here he was always a step ahead of evryone, even his teammates, in seeing a play develop. That said, there were some games where his shot wasn’t going in and instead of just acting as a player he would put up shot after shot, many forced, and take his team out of the game. Also, when guarding other elite players in the league down here he was lit up regularly. Despite this he was clearly the best foreign player in the league and led his team to a 22-8 recors, good for second place, his team will dearly miss him with the playoffs going on down here.

  • Arvin

    Marcus Williams should have been a stud in the NBA. He had opportunities (yes, even in D. Nelson's rookie-free offenses). He has not yet figured out that defense and teamwork equal many years in the league. See Lyndsey Hunter, Bruce Bowen, Derek Fisher, Anthony Carter . . these are guys that busted their butts on DEFENSE and earned spots and champioships n some cases! MW is a nice thought, but put it to rest guys.

  • bobo

    Don Nelson is known for not playing rookies,but we will see if he play Step Curry the upcoming season.I bet a bucket of balls Step will play his share of the minutes and someone else's.Maybe M.Williams just wasn't ready for the NBA,you think?

  • Buckets

    I wouldnt mind swapping Marcus Williams for Gabe Pruitt, the guy is a playmaker and is a natural point guard unlike Pruitt who was a combo guard in college and is barely learning to play point in the league. All MW needs to do is play about 12 min. a game. Sure his shooting is suspect but in his career he’s averaged 15 min. 6 pts. and 3 asts. not bad for a backup point guard. He wouldnt need to do much because he’s backing up one of the top 5 point guards in the league, just give him a breather here and there. What’s the deal with Pruitt i thought he was under contract this year. Whats his contract status?

  • Ron

    Marcus Williams was an excellent PG at UCONN and has never been given the chance to shine in the NBA. I hope the C's give him a chance because Pruitt is Garbage! By the way Defense is overated in the NBA! I was hoping we could've selected AJ Price in round 2 because Rondo needs a backup! Speaking of Rondo, can we all just stop the nonsense talk about trading him for crying out loud!

  • Sean

    If Boston considered (and followed through with) obtaining Stephon Marbury, what's the risk with picking up an obviously gifted playmaker in Williams? Marbury was lit up on defense, and often times didn't contribute a damned thing to the offense, either. He could bring the ball up court under pressure, which is more than could be said of Eddie House or Gabe Pruitt. Marcus Williams is a step further– I watched him play at UConn, and let me tell you, the dude has some serious vision. Main scorer? No. Defensive stopper? No. Legitimate backup PG for mile-a-minute Rondo, who can (at least) hold down the offense for a few minutes at a time? Absolutely.

  • http://www.jameyburke.blogspot.com KobeWearsAPurpleThon

    No way. He dished out 17 assists in a Summer League game-Summer League. If we were going to snatch up another guy strictly for distribution, I'd grab Tyronne Lue before Marcus Williams.

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