Marvin Williams was bought out from the Charlotte Hornets and has reportedly signed with the Milwaukee Bucks, giving them even more versatility.
The rich get richer. And the Milwaukee Bucks got even better, as they have reportedly agreed to sign Marvin Williams for the rest of the season. After failing to make any moves at the trade deadline, general manager Jon Horst wasted little time in the buyout market.
Williams gives the Bucks an even deeper roster than before. He’ll provide backup to Giannis Antetokounmpo at power forward and will vie with Ersan Ilyasova for minutes. Williams can also slide up and play center if the Bucks want to go small.
One of his strengths is his ability to stretch the floor. He’s knocking down 37 percent of his threes this season and is a career 36 percent shooter from downtown. Even better, he’s shown he can knock them down at a volume rate when asked to fire away frequently. That outside shooting will fit in perfectly with the Bucks’ five-out system.
Williams is also versatile defensively. He’s more athletic than Ilyasova which will allow the Bucks to match up better against quicker power forwards, something they’ve struggled to do this season. Williams uses a good blend of quickness at his position and strength to make life difficult on offenses.
Williams was the second overall pick way back in the 2005 NBA Draft, behind only Andrew Bogut. He spent the last six years in Charlotte before agreeing to the buyout.
It’s unclear who the Bucks will waive in order to make room on their roster. The most likely candidate is Dragan Bender. Bender is a promising young player who has had a good season in the G-League, but has hardly spent time with Milwaukee.
Whatever route the Bucks choose to go, it’s clear they upgraded their roster a day after the trade deadline. It’s shrewd moves like this that could make all the difference in a championship run.