After the 2015-16 season, Marvin Williams looked to be an above average NBA player, performing better than most power-forwards in the NBA. The Hornets decided to award him with a four year, 54.5 million dollar deal. But this season, Williams came short of expectations.
Comparing his numbers between this season and last, Williams remained largely the same. In 2015, he averaged 11.7 points, 1.4 assists, and 6.4 rebounds, while in 2016 he averaged 11.2 points, 1.4 assists, and 6.6 rebounds, which from this alone. These numbers don’t tell the full story, however, as his field goal percentage dropped from 45 to 42 percent and his 3-point percentage dropped from 40.2 to 35.
Early on, he was not the same player from a season ago. He wasn’t good on the boards, he was missing easy shots, and also wasn’t even hitting his signature 3-point jumper. In his first 10 games, he just 19.7 percent from the 3-point line.
Later on, performed better. After the All-star Break, performed much better, averaging 11.6 points, and 8.4 rebounds per game, and raising his shooting and 3-point percentages to 45.7 and 36.2 percent, respectively.
That said, he ended the season on a low point, scoring more than 10 points just four times in the final 10 games. He also only had 11 assists total over that time period, and also averaged 8.3 rebounds in the final ten games for Charlotte. Most disappointingly, this came during a stretch when Charlotte was desperate to make the playoffs.
When Williams re-signed with Charlotte, many expected him to improve his play, and while he has done that sporadically, it has not been consistent. It’s almost as if he doesn’t have an ‘average’ game. He either cannot be stopped, or cannot make a shot. If Williams can improve his consistency, he could be a key factor in the playoff team Charlotte is looking for.
Despite the down year, he remains one of the key pieces that makes up the Hornets’ roster. Without him, there would certainly be a gap in the Hornets play. He has shown flashes of greatness, such as this dunk against Orlando on former Hornet Bismack Biyombo: