Dec 11, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Utah Jazz power forward Marvin Williams (2) reacts as a timeout is called against the Sacramento Kings during the first quarter at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte Hornets Sign Marvin Williams


According to Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports, the Charlotte Hornets have signed forward Marvin Williams to a 2 year 14 million dollar contact.

Williams is a product of the University of North Carolina, and was drafted number two overall by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2005 NBA Draft. While he never has lived up to the hype of a player drafted so high, he has made a nice career for himself as a solid role player. Last season for the Utah Jazz, Williams started 50 games and averaged 9.1 points, and 5.1 rebounds per game. He also shot 35.9 percent from three point range, giving the Hornets a true "stretch four" to replace Josh McRoberts. He can also play small forward, and could see minutes at either forward position.

Williams will likely push Cody Zeller for the starting power forward position, and I'd guess right now that the Hornets likely expect him to be their starting power forward on opening night. Even if he does not start he will provide the Hornets with much needed bench depth. This is not the big splash many Hornets fans were expecting, but it seems to be a good fit nonetheless.

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