Rookie Rankings: Williams showing signs of potential
Terrence Williams(notes) has had an up-and-down rookie season with the Nets.
Taken with the 11th pick after playing four seasons at Louisville, Williams began the season as a regular in the Nets’ rotation, averaging 27.0 minutes in New Jersey’s first 17 games. Of course, the Nets lost their first 18 and Williams saw his minutes dwindle with each passing month.
In four games this month, the Nets have given Williams a shot—and he’s shown flashes of what Rick Pitino (his coach at Louisville) called “freakish” athleticism. Williams, in 29.5 minutes per game, is averaging 13.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists.
“He’s been carrying over what he’s been doing in practice into the games,” Nets point guard Devin Harris(notes) . “You want him playing with that attack-type mentality, getting to the basket, making passing, make some jump shots. We want him to play that type basketball because he’s very good when he plays that way. Hopefully he’ll continue to do those type things.”
Harris’ comments came after Williams scored a career-high 21 points with five rebounds and seven assists while playing 32 minutes of the Nets’ 111-92 loss to the Cavs last Wednesday. Williams followed that with 14 points in a loss to the Magic; three points (with 11 rebounds and seven assists) in the Nets’ win over New York; and 14, six and six in a loss to the Grizzlies.
Nets GM and coach Kiki Vandeweghe was impressed with Williams’ performance against Cleveland—especially while guarding LeBron James(notes)—and saw the talented player they hoped for
Terrence Williams’ rookie season
Month G MPG PPG RPG APG
Oct. 3 26.3 10.7 5.3 1.3
Nov. 14 27.2 9.9 5.3 2.1
Dec. 13 16.5 6.1 2.2 1.4
Jan. 13 15.7 3.6 3.8 2.0
Feb. 13 15.0 3.7 2.3 2.2
March 4 29.5 13.0 6.5 6.0
“Terrence has been playing very good defense,” Vandeweghe . “He’s been playing with focus and energy. He scored points tonight, which is great. But he also had five rebounds and seven assists. He played hard. He’s hopefully what we’ve come to expect: somebody who can come off the bench, who can come in and spark us and change the energy.”
For Williams, the adjustment to the pro game has been what he calls “rocky.”
“I really didn’t know what to expect,” Williams . “I tried to come here and use the same game that I used in college, but my shot wasn’t falling. I had to re-evaluate myself as a player and change my game to moreso going to the hole, but still do the other little things that I do and love to do, as far as, like, passing, playing D and rebounding.”
If Williams continues to see playing time—and really, why wouldn’t the Nets let their rookie run?—expect him to only improve.
I will say that he does have potential, but this is 4 games stretch only. After maybea month or two then we could make something of this. Right now i see him as energy guy off the bench who comes in and guards the other teams best wing scorer. He maybe best in plantoon rule with Courtney Lee. It is the end of the season and this team doesn't care about winning and losing. They care about evaluating their pieces for the future. Players such as Lee, Williams, Yi, and so on.
^ That was just the first 4 games of the month. He has been playing well the 8 or so games since as well. I was always high on him at Louisville. Very nice all around game and with the perfect team to get minutes and learn on the job.
8 games is less then a tenth of the season, and while it shows that he has potential, we all knew this before. He has to make sure his head is on straight and so on. I see he as a guy who splits minutes with someone like Lee. he still has no confidence in his outside game. Nj could have done better with the pick but they also could have done way worse. Hope they address some needs this offseason.
is this really a shocker?..he was drafted lotto so of course we know he has potential
Right now for most part he has just shown potential and for most the season hasnt translated to more then a role player.
I have seen him play live and he is legit. Numbers dont show everything and this is just his rookie year in limited minutes on a terrible team. Dude has legit point guard skills as far as handling the rock and average play making. he can d up and he is very athletic. After seeing him play in person, I feel very confident he will be a legit baller in the league. Dude practice with Gary Payton and you can see that as you can see that Tyreke worked with Penny on his game. After hearing that I kind of knew Evans would be alright but who could have expected a mini Lebron. I say that in saying imagine what Terrence will do year 2 upon improving and more work with Gary P.
i always wondered about the in person thing. to be honest you can see more about a player on tv because you get replays. in person you can miss things. games are better in person though
Thats the word with this guy. Theres no way he can be a PG in this league. No way! He is 2 guard who can guard some Sf's. Just don't see a star player or even 3rd option on good team.
Williams has a lot of upside, the thing is will he be able to get the pieces together. He doesn't excel at anything particularly, can handle thr rock but is turnover prone, is really athletic but his shot is a work in progress. He must work at everything and must excel at one (defense?) to be a starter on a good team. He has to learn tobe more efficient than spectacular, which is hard to understand for young players.
dude I was watching him and he has it I mean replays show a lot but you can tell more about a person feel for the game in person, it is hard to describe but i was impress but he needs to not rely so much on his athletecism to finish around the basket.