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Marvin Williams quiet and consistent force for Hornets
Versatile forward does small things well
Published Wednesday, November 18, 2015 9:31 pm
by Ashley Mahoney

Lead by example.

A consistent competitor with a high basketball I.Q., Charlotte Hornets forward Marvin Williams brings these qualities to the court.

“I don’t know if I could describe my style of play,” said Williams. “Each and every night, I just try to go out there and compete. I’ve always been a guy that I may not have big numbers in the box score at the end of the night, but when you actually watch the game, hopefully I can make two or three plays to kind of help your team win.”

Said Hornets (6-6) coach Steve Clifford: “He’s definitely been our most consistent player—without any question. He’s definitely been our most well rounded player. He does everything. He guards (small forwards). He guards (power forwards). Nine rebounds tonight (in a 116-111 win against Brooklyn). He’s shooting the ball well. He makes big plays, but for me is he never makes mistakes or (he) rarely (makes mistakes) at either end of the floor. He knows everything we’re doing, and he helps everybody else play well.”

Along with guard Jeremy Lin, Williams led Charlotte in rebounds against the Nets, including four offensive rebounds boards. Williams also scored 14 points.

“He’s awesome,” said Hornets point guard Kemba Walker (18 points, seven assists and seven rebounds against the Nets). “He’s doing a lot for this team, and he’s worked extremely hard in the off season, and he’s just showing it. He’s in great shape. He’s playing two different positions—guarding two different positions at times. We ask a lot of him, and he never complains. He’s just a natural leader. He’s one of our quiet leaders. We all love him, and we love to have him around.”

Williams, who has started all 12 games, leads the Hornets in rebounding (7.3 per game) and averages 10 points per game.

“It’s been good,” said Williams. “I feel like I’ve gotten off to a pretty good start. I’ve still got a long way to go. I know there are that I know (Clifford) is depending me on to become more consistent at, and I know I can be more consistent at. Each and every day, I’m still trying to learn. Obviously we’re not practicing as much right now so I’m trying to watch as much film as I possibly can to keep trying to get better.”  

Said Clifford: “That’s how you win. When we become tighter—we’re just too loose. There’s a newness about us still, but in this league you have to execute. Offensively, you have to get to your spot and know what you’re doing and do it quickly, and defensively, you have to be a step quicker than that.”  




Insightful arcticle. 80% of the game is mental, it seems like he understands that well.
Posted on November 20, 2015

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