Williams went all Kevin Durant last Friday for the LA D-Fenders according to David Astramskas of Ball is Life dropping 50 in a 135-127 win.
Williams is back again but this time he’s playing in the D-League and last Friday night, he scored a franchise record 50 points for the LA D-Fenders in a 135-127 win. He made 18 of 37 fields goals and was 6 of 13 from 3.
“(My teammates) told me I needed four points, and I was like for what? They were like for 50, so I was like oh well damn I need to get those four points. But at that point the game was close, so it’s good to score 50, and to get the win.” Williams on the franchise record.
I was disappointed when the Celtics didn't re-sign Williams because he's versatile and had very solid per 36 minutes numbers (12.5 pts, 4.5 assists, 5.0 rebounds) with the C's.
These numbers demonstrate Williams was very productive in limited minutes with teammates he had never played with.
He is also a tremendous athlete as illustrated by these highlights:
According to Astramskas a big reason he's not currently playing in the NBA is a perceived attitude problem:
I would love to see him back in the NBA, especially if it meant a dunk contest invite, but he does have an uphill battle to face and it’s not because of questions about his skills but his attitude. T-Will is still trying to shake a bad rep that started with his issues with Coach Avery Johnson who actually sent Williams to the D-League back in 2010 as “punishment.” Will responded by averaging a triple double with a 28 point scoring average in 3 games.
That was enough to get him back in the league back then. I’m not sure if 50 is enough now but I’m hoping it is.
“I came down here to have an open mind and a good attitude while playing basketball. I’ve changed everything. I changed how I go about talking with my teammates, talking with coaches, trainers, ball boys, ball girls, people who get me water, just everything you know. I realized that I’m very fortunate to be playing this game.”
“Hopefully I get another chance and I stick with it. At the end of the day, I want to play basketball and keep my mouth shut.” said a wiser and more humble Terrence Williams.
I was a big fan of Williams while he was at Louisville where he was a first team All-American and appeared on three straight Sports Illustrated covers so would like to see him get another chance.
Having said that, I never heard of any dust ups with the Celtics and Doc's word goes a long way in this league so I wouldn't be surprised to see "T-Will" back in an NBA uniform sometime soon.
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