A couple weeks ago, I wrote an article titled Los Angeles Lakers: Free Agent Speculation.
I mentioned a few names that the Lakers were purportedly interested in picking up to add to their roster. These names included Lou Amundson, Shawne Williams, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Marcus Landry, Austin Daye and Lamar Odom. At the end of my article, I added a poll so that people can vote for who they think the Lakers will pick up.
I personally thought that Marcus Landry and Chris Douglas-Roberts were the most likely candidates, but I was wrong.
After getting 484 votes, 45.45% said they thought the Lakers would sign Lamar Odom. At the bottom of the poll, with the lowest amount of votes was Shawne Williams with 2.89% of the vote (14 votes total).
I hate to say it, but a majority of you were wrong. To the 14 of you that selected Williams, I applaud you.
Just now, the Lakers announced they have signed Williams.
Williams is a 6-foot-9 forward who has spent 6 seasons in the NBA playing for 4 different teams– the Pacers, Mavericks, Knicks and Nets. A couple of weeks ago he was invited to training camp by the Lakers and obviously made a good impression. In his career, he has averaged 5.7 points and 2.8 rebounds.
His most successful season was with the New York Knicks under Head Coach Mike D’Antoni. During that season, he averaged 7.1 points and 3.7 rebounds.
Prior to his NBA career, Williams played one season at the University of Memphis. He averaged 13.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game while also averaging 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks. He was selected 17th overall by the Indiana Pacers in the 2006 NBA Draft.
The addition of Williams isn’t a significant move for the Lakers. He will most likely not get a lot of playing time, but will probably see a few minutes behind Nick Young and Wesley Johnson. We may see him more often earlier in the season if Kobe Bryant doesn’t make a return.
Although some might see this as a surprise move, it isn’t much of a shocker considering he has played under D’Antoni’s system. He might have not been the best choice for the Lakers, but he is a good choice because he knows D’Antoni’s coaching style and provides depth at the small forward position.
General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced the signing of Shawne Williams earlier. However, no contract details were released.
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