Marvin Williams may be returning to the Charlotte Hornets starting lineup very soon. After banging knees with an opposing player, Williams suffered a hyperextended knee that has forced him to sit out the last six games. After missing that time he is now being listed as probable, and may return to the Hornets lineup as soon as tomorrow’s game against the Detroit Pistons.
Over these last six games the Hornets managed to go 4-2, but their schedule was admittedly weak with two of those wins coming against the Dallas Mavericks. Charlotte also got blown out by the Detroit Pistons and had a really bad loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
With Williams return expect an improvement on the defensive end of the ball and a little more flexibility as far as rotations are concerned. The Hornets have been forced to put Frank Kaminsky into the starting lineup, and while he’s played well, this has hurt their bench production a bit. Also, Kaminsky is nowhere near the level of defender that Williams is.
Before his injury, Williams was only shooting 34 percent from 3-point range and a career low 33 percent from the field. He’s a had a rough season shooting the ball so far, but a bounce back is expected and Steve Clifford went so far as to call him the team’s best defender. His value to the team is unquestioned and nobody should be surprised to see him in the starting lineup once he’s been cleared to play.
With Williams return the Hornets will finally, once again, have a fully healthy roster. Only twice this year has Charlotte had a full roster to work with, and during one of those games is when Williams got injured. With the Hornets back to full strength it will be easier to get a gauge of how good Charlotte should be this season.