The people have spoken! Marvin Williams is out.
Williams led the voting with 42 percent of all votes, with Gerald Henderson (19 percent) and P.J. Hairston (15 percent) behind him.
Williams will forever be remembered as the player the Atlanta Hawks picked ahead of All-Star guards Chris Paul and Deron Williams, and that's a shame. While he's certainly no All-Star, Williams has carved himself a nice NBA career.
At a glance, Williams' per 36 statistics don't seem to indicate much improvement. In truth, Williams has become a heady player with good basketball IQ as his career has progressed. Additionally, Williams is one of the few players that has shown the ability to develop a 3-point shot in a short period of time. In his first few seasons, his 3-point percentage was under 30 percent. Now, he's an above average 3-point shooter. That's rare in and of itself, and indicative of a player understanding what he needs to improve to have staying power in the NBA.
Williams' value lies in his ability to space the floor and do the little things, two things that rarely show up in statistics. As a result, many fans cried foul at Williams' two-year, $14 million contract. However, the acquisition was a calculated one that showed that the Hornets recognize their young prospects, Cody Zeller and Noah Vonleh, still need time to grow before they can hold down the power forward position on their own. Williams doesn't compromise the team's financial flexibility and is an excellent locker room presence.
Unfortunately for Williams, it's hard to argue there's a player less valuable than him remaining in our poll, so it was simply time for him to go.