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New Jazz forward Marvin Williams is photographed during Jazz media day in Salt Lake City on Oct. 1, 2012.
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Jazz players (left) Darnell Jackson and (right) Enes Kanter fight for a loose ball during the Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6, 2012.
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(left) Jazz center Enes Kanter tries to block (right) Jazz player Paul Millsap as he attempts a layup during a Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6, 2012.
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Jazz player (left) Gordon Hayward defends as (right) Jazz player Marvin Williams takes a shot during a Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6, 2012.
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Jazz player Gordon Hayward chases down a loose ball during a Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6, 2012.
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(left) Jazz players Alec Burks and Enes Kanter dance on the court during introductions before the Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6, 2012.
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Jazz players (middle left) Enes Kanter and Al Jefferson wave to the crowd during introductions a the Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6, 2012.
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Kevin Murphy's teammates cheer him on as he dances during a Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6, 2012.
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Jazz player Jeremy Evans stretches on the court before the Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6, 2012.
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Fan cheer just as the Jazz Scrimmage begins at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6, 2012.
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Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin talks to Jazz Bear before the Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Oct. 6, 2012.
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Gordon Hayward warms up before the Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6, 2012.
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Al Jefferson warms up before the Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6, 2012.
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Marvin Williams looks out on the court before the Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Oct. 6, 2012.
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(left) Jazz center Enes Kanter tries to block (right) Jazz player Paul Millsap as he attempts a layup during a Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6, 2012.
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Jazz player Marvin Williams dribbles down court during the Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6, 2012.
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(left) Paul Millsap dribbles past Enes Kanter during the Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6, 2012.
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(left) Randy Foye goes up for a layup past Enes Kanter during the Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6, 2012.
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Kevin Murphy dribbles down court during the Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6, 2012.
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(right) Randy Foye tries to hold off (left) Chris Quinn during the Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6, 2012.
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(left) Darnell Jackson dribbles past (right) Enes Kanter during a Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6, 2012.
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Jeremy Evans looks to pass during a Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6, 2012.
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Kevin Murphy takes a jump shot during the Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6, 2012.
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(right) Randy Foye dribbles past DeMarre Carroll during the Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6, 2012.
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(right) Randy Foye goes up for a layup past DeMarre Carroll during the Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6, 2012.
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Kevin Murphy, right, looks to pass as DeMarre Carroll defends during the Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Oct. 6, 2012.
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Jazz player (left) Gordon Hayward defends as (right) Jazz player Marvin Williams takes a shot during a Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6, 2012.
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(right) DeMarre Carroll takes a jump shot as (left) Kevin Murphy defends during the Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6, 2012.
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Derrick Favors, right, drives the basket past Brian Butch during the Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Oct. 6, 2012.
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(left) DeMarre Carroll dribbles past Trey Gilder during the Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6, 2012.
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(left) Derrick Favors looks to pass during a Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6, 2012.
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(left) Enes Kanter looks to pass as (right) Darnell Jackson defends during the Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6, 2012.
(Kim Raff | The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Chris Quinn dribbles down court during Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6, 2012.
(Kim Raff | The Salt Lake Tribune)  
(right) Aleck Burks takes a jump shot during the Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6, 2012.
(Kim Raff | The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Jazz player Gordon Hayward chases down a loose ball during a Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6, 2012.
(Kim Raff | The Salt Lake Tribune)  
(left) Jazz players Alec Burks and Enes Kanter dance on the court during introductions before the Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6, 2012.
(Kim Raff | The Salt Lake Tribune)  
(right) Alec Burks dribbles past Kevin Murphy during the Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6, 2012.
(Kim Raff | The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Jazz players (left) Darnell Jackson and (right) Enes Kanter fight for a loose ball during the Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6, 2012.
(Kim Raff | The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Marvin Williams dribbles down court during the Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6, 2012.
(Kim Raff | The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Jazz players (middle left) Enes Kanter and Al Jefferson wave to the crowd during introductions a the Jazz Scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 6, 2012.

They weren’t even whispers. For seven years Marvin Williams heard criticisms in Atlanta that the Hawks overreached when they drafted the talented North Carolina Tar Heel No. 2 overall in 2005.

“People talked about it all the time,” said Williams, whom the Jazz acquired in an offseason trade. “It may still be talked about all the time.”

As Deron Williams, Chris Paul and Andrew Bynum, all selected behind Williams, blossomed into All-NBA performers, Marvin Williams’ productivity gradually declined. Players such as Joe Johnson, Josh Smith and Al Horford blossomed with the Hawks, while Williams remained the talented high draft pick who hadn’t yet paid off.

“People talk a lot about expectations and living up to expectations,” Williams said, “but I hit them up with the million dollar question every time. My question is: Whose expectations do I have to live up to?”

Williams is 26. The reliable outside shooter has averaged double digits every year he has played in the NBA except his rookie season. The Jazz acquired Williams in exchange for point guard Devin Harris to make room for newly acquired Mo Williams. An 18,000-seat community center bearing Williams’ name is being constructed in his hometown of Bremerton, Wash.

Williams is content.

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“I don’t have to live up to anybody’s expectations but my own,” he said. “I have to look at myself in the mirror every night. And when I do that, I’m very satisfied with where I came from and what I’m working toward.”

In Atlanta, Williams was used primarily as a shooter. Last season, he attempted 149 3-pointers, the second most in his career, despite playing just 57 games in the lockout-shortened season.

During the first week of Jazz training camp, coach Tyrone Corbin said Williams, a likely starter, is more versatile than he has shown in recent years.

“He can have the ball in his hands some,” Corbin said. “He can make shots coming off down screens, he can defend guys both big and small. He’s rangy. So, we’re looking forward to getting him in a lot of different situations.”

In Saturday’s public scrimmage, Williams was limited, as younger players took most of the minutes. But Williams made two notable plays: both dunks, including an alley-oop slam from fellow newcomer Randy Foye.

Center Al Jefferson said the Jazz’s motion offense is conducive to Williams’ skills.

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Marvin Williams

Team » Utah Jazz

Position » SF

Age » 26

Previous team » Atlanta Hawks

Career » Drafted No. 2 overall in 2005 NBA Draft behind former Ute Andrew Bogut ... Averaged a career-best 14.8 points in 2007-08 ... Acquired by Jazz in trade that sent Devin Harris to Hawks.

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