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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.
(Kim Raff | The Salt Lake Tribune)  
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.
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“A guy like Marvin can take advantage of it,” he said, “because most [small forwards] can’t defend him on the block and he can step out and put the ball on the floor and can shoot it.”

Williams said he was playing in a pickup game in Chapel Hill, N.C., when a friend told him he had been traded. He went home and, before calling his agent and Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry, saw the news on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.”

Even after seven years in the league, Williams had limited knowledge of Utah.

“I knew it was cold,” he said. “I knew these guys win games. I did know that. Even from when before I was in the NBA, they’ve had a great history of winning. When I was traded here I was very excited about being a part of something like this.”

Expectations are high for Williams here, but not Atlanta high. The Jazz didn’t use a lottery pick on him.

“I don’t feel any more pressure than I did in Atlanta,” Williams said. “My job is to get better, man, and the day I stop getting better is the day I have a problem.”

boram@sltrib.com

Twitter: @tribjazz

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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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