Marvin Williams, a forward who was key to the Hornets’ success last season, has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $54.5 million deal with Charlotte, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Woj also noted that Williams left more lucrative deals on the table, and returned because he “loved playing in Charlotte.”
The 6-9 forward appeared in 81 games for the Hornets this year and left his mark as a fantastic three-point shooter, tenacious rebounder, and hellacious defender. With averages of 117. points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and a three-point percentage of 40.2, Williams had one of the best seasons of his 11-year career.
His rebounding numbers were a career-high, along with his three-point shooting, and his scoring average was the first time since 2012 that he put up double-figures for a season. While he was a superb weapon on offense, Williams’ defense was what helped carry the Hornets into the playoffs. Their system is great collectively, and Williams gives them great versatility on the perimeter and in the paint. Along with great size, Williams has a wingspan of 7-3, and a max vert of 35, allowing him to be an effective perimeter defender.
With Nicolas Batum back and Kemba Walker still the star of the team, Williams role as the third option will remain, and he’ll stay the perfect three-and-D player for Steve Clifford’s team. It’s also worth noting that Charlotte still has flexibility in free agency with Williams sacrificing a few million dollars.