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NBA » New Jazz forward Williams says he’s “excited to be back out West.”

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Why does he have so much faith in his collegiate coach?

"What he’s been to me in my life, I can’t put into words." Williams said. "I’ve never had another person, outside of my family, that’s cared about me as much as coach Williams has. I can never thank him for the things he’s done for me."

At a glance

Marvin Williams file

Hometown » Bremerton, Wash.

Birthday » June 19, 1986

College » North Carolina

Position » Forward

Height » 6-9

Weight » 245

Career highlights » The No. 2 overall pick in the 2005 draft, just behind Andrew Bogut and ahead of Deron Williams and Chris Paul. … In 487 games with Atlanta, he averaged 11.5 points and 5.3 rebounds. … Averaged 10.2 points and shot a career-high 38.9 percent from the 3-point line last season. … Averaged 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds as a rookie. … Earned Second Team All-Rookie honors. … Averaged 13.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in 2006-07 and a career-high 14.8 points in 80 games in 2007-08. … Scored a career-high 33 points against Seattle on Jan. 25, 2008.

2005 top five

The career statistics from the top five players in the 2005 NBA Draft:

Player G Min Pts Reb Ast

Andrew Bogut 408 32.7 12.7 9.3 2.3

Marvin Williams 487 30.4 11.5 5.3 1.3

Deron Williams 506 35.7 17.6 2.8 9.3

Chris Paul 485 37.0 18.8 4.5 9.8

Raymond Felton 479 34.8 13.4 3.3 6.7

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