“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.”
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