For those that read the game threads, this is a very common word used to describe the former Atlanta Hawk, Marvin Williams. We may all have our different nicknames for him, the afro (via 2011 season), mystery man in 24 jersey (when he is playing good or after a dunk), but one thing remained constant about him, we always knew what to expect. This could range from solid defense to missing open jumpers and losing the ball when dribbling in the lane. Yet, every once in a while he would surprise you and make you scratch your head wondering "where has this player been" and also think "finally the #2 draft pick shows up". But I will regress and talk about the good things that Marvin "Duck-Butt" Williams has brought to this organization outside of the overly played "At Home with Marvin Williams" TV segment.
As we all know, Marvin was infamously selected by the Atlanta hawks as the number 2 pick after coming off the NCAA championship run with the UNC Tarheels. At the time Atlanta was in desperate need of a point guard but the Washington native caught the eye of the Atlanta scouts. Of what I can remember, many said that he has the prototypical size, height, length, speed, and shooting ability to become elite one day. Atlanta thinking the same thing that he could be the best player available as they saw him doing extremely well in the workouts prior to the draft. Well years later we all know how that turned out with many hawks fans still kicking themselves thinking we could have had CP3 or DWill. Personally I’m not Marvin, he didn’t ask to be selected with that pick so that falls on management and ownership at the time. So I guess I’ll just say Marvin is what he is.
During the years, Marvin has had some good games including a mystical and mysterious 40 point game (I’ve never seen it so I don’t believe that it exists). He has also had just flashes of greatness whether it be a great move to get around a defender, a half court buzzer beater or him soaring through defenders to get a dunk. He has improved on his 3-point shot after a couple seasons (year after 2008 playoffs is when we could really tell) and we could always depend on him and his length for perimeter defense. Back injuries has slowed him down and made his game inconsistent and his confidence always made him hesitant to what we wish he would become. I can’t find myself being mad at him for signing the contract he was given because like Joe, this is what your agents get paid for.
Honestly I wish Marvin the best on his new team since he hopefully won’t be surrounded by players and egos like that of Josh and Joe. Hopefully that when he does well in a game and scores near 30 points, other players won’t call him out and say he took the shots away from them and hopefully the coaching will recognize his strengths so that he will have a fresh start with this new team.
Now before we go back to the normal comments we have about him, I wonder what fans say that their favorite Marvin moment is? This is one moment that i will remember as seeing a flash of good Marvin Williams
Marvin Williams Steals the Inbounds Pass and Hits the Halftime Buzzer Beater (via OTRBasketball)