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?