Bremerton’s Marvin Williams, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft, will be a restricted free agent at the end of the summer and some think the NBA’s salary cap will be reduced because of downturn in our economy. Regardless, Marvin’s probably in a pretty good situation. The Atlanta Hawks appreciate his all-around, selfless game and it’s hard to imagine that this young rising team won’t offer this young rising star a lucrative contract next summer.
Marvin knows how important it is to have a good year. Here’s a good read on the Bremerton High grad, who is still all about his family.
A lot of people forget that the Marvin and the young Hawks took the champion Celtics to seven games last year before losing in the first round of the playoffs. Williams missed the first game of the season, serving a one-game suspension for a hard foul he committed in that Boston series.
In his first game back this year, he struggled: two points, five rebounds and two blocks in a win over Orlando.
“My timing was all messed up,” Williams told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It was my first game back, and I was just off. But it’s not anything I’m worried about. I’ll be fine.”
And he has been.
He hit all three of his 3-point attempts in a win over New Orleans last week, including a big one inside the final three minutes to give Atlanta an 83-74 lead.
Marvin scored 16 points Sunday night in a win over Oklahoma City, hitting another big 3-pointer — this one giving the Hawks an 80-77 lead in a game they won. Atlanta’s off to a 5-0 start and Williams is a big part of it.