When the Sacramento Kings signed Terrence Williams, I admit, I was very much opposed to it. It wasn’t that I didn’t like Williams’ game, in fact, I loved it. Being a Wildcat fan, I watched Williams rip apart the collegiate ranks over at Louisville and loved his abilities coming out of the draft, but not the red flags.
After two awful stints in New Jersey and Houston, both marred by poor work ethic and questionable desire, I figured the once talented product was a lost cause. Thankfully, Geoff Petrie took a chance because the still only 24 year old looked very solid in a Kings uniform.
Although T-Will only suited up 18 times for the Kings this season, his impact was felt across the board, especially when put into a point-forward role by the Kings’ coaching staff. The Seattle native tied a career high with 3.1 assists a game in only 20 minutes – all the while keeping his turnovers to a minimum, resulting in a 1.6 assist to turnover ratio. Possibly more impressive then his court vision though was his shooting – although a small sample size, Williams shot a very effective 46% for the Kings, his career high before that coming in his rookie season where he could only manage a 40% clip.
On the defensive side of the ball, Williams shined as well, putting up a career high in steal and block percentages, using his natural quickness and length to bother opposing guards and forwards.
Entering the upcoming off-season as a free agent, there is mutual interest in both parties for a Sacramento return. Assuming Williams continues to mature and avoid any needless distractions, the Kings would love to welcome him back after a fine, although short, season in purple and black.
Season Grade: B