NBA Roundtable

Orlando Sign Jason Williams

In Free Agency on August 19, 2009 at 4:58 pm

RealGM reports

The Magic have signed free agent guard Jason Williams, General Manager Otis Smith announced on Wednesday.

“Jason (Williams) provides depth and leadership to our backcourt,” said Smith. “He is a veteran point guard that knows what it takes to help us reach our ultimate goal. We are excited to add him to our team.”

I didn’t think Jason Williams was an NBA caliber player two seasons ago when he was with the Miami Heat, and, I doubt a year out of the game has helped him any.

I think this is a bad signing.

Examples Of Other Options

Bobby Jackson — Superb experience. A streaky jump shooter + solid defender. A capable floor general and passer. Good leadership.

Gabe Pruitt — One of the best defensive point guards in the NBA, and a good shooter. Unfortunately, he supplies little else. A very good third string point guard.

Pooh Jeter — A workhorse third string guard similar to Mateen Cleaves. A gym rat who loves basketball, who competes on every possession and will push the starters + rotation bench players in practice every single day. A great character guy who’ll help keep the main lads ready to play.

Jason Williams

During J-Willi’s last spell in the NBA, Williams was:

  • An atrocious defender who couldn’t stop dribble penetration
  • Wildly inconsistent, only having a good game once every four or five tries
  • A solid floor general who took very good care of the ball and was a good passer
  • A decent jump shooter but overall inefficient scorer
  • A very poor rebounder
  • Physically, he was shot. His knees were gone. He had lost a lot of quickness, especially laterally, and a lot of his agility.

It’s the lack of defense + inconsistency that kills me the most. It wipes out any positives that he brings elsewhere.

  1. I found this article over on NBA Fanhouse and thought it was odd/funny/strange …

    The Orlando Magic sent Rafer Alston to New Jersey earlier this summer because they didn’t want a point guard controversy brewing this season.

    They are going to have one now. It’s only a matter of time.

    By signing veteran point guard Jason Williams – a starter for the 2006 NBA champion Miami Heat – the Magic have opened the door to a world of late-game second guessing, especially if starter Jameer Nelson can’t deliver consistently and keep the Magic atop the Eastern Conference standings.

    And that’s a real possibility.

    Anyone want to give odds on this happening?

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