Finally, Hornets’ fans get to hear something positive. One day after Josh McRoberts decided to leave for Miami, the news broke that former Carolina Tar Heel Marvin Williams is headed to the Queen City for a visit with the Hornets. Look for Charlotte to heavily pursue Williams to fill a void at the starting power forward next year.
Last season, Williams played 66 games for the Utah Jazz. Williams started 50 of those contests and averaged 9.1 PPG and 5.1 RPG on the year. As you’d expect, the comparisons between McRoberts and Williams have already begun. While Williams’ numbers were slightly better than McRoberts’, you don’t necessarily know how well he would fit with Charlotte’s current roster. On first glance the fit looks good, as Williams is a similar type of player who has the ability to play alongside Jefferson and stretch the floor. As far as their respective abilities from beyond the arc, both players are career 34% three-point shooters. In addition, McRoberts has the slight edge in career FG%, while Williams has two more years of NBA experience under his belt.
Overall, I expect GM Rich Cho to make a significant push after Marvin Williams for many of the reasons I mentioned above including the fact that Williams is a very comparable player to Josh McRoberts. Most fans will frown upon the change based off what McRoberts did for the team last year, but keep your minds open, as Williams certainly has the ability to play at a very high level. Neither Zeller or Vonleh is realistically ready to start at this point, so finding a replacement for McRoberts through free agency seems to be the most logical option for the Hornets at this point.
Lead Hornets Writer: Jonathon Hoppe