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Mar 22, 2014; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz forward Marvin Williams (2) reacts to a three-point basket by guard Trey Burke (not pictured) with 1.6 seconds remaining in the second half against the Orlando Magic at EnergySolutions Arena. The Jazz won 89-88. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NBA Free Agency: Marvin Williams To Philadelphia?

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Back in 2005 the No. 2 overall pick Marvin Williams was selected by the Atlanta Hawks. You would think that Even though he has had an underwhelming career for his draft position, Williams played some great basketball for the Utah Jazz this past season. He never really panned out during his tenure with the Hawks after being selected with one of the top two picks. He played seven seasons with the Atlanta Hawks and has yet to hit the bulls eye with his game at the forward position. That all changed in 2012 when signed with Utah as a power forward.

In two seasons with the Jazz he averaged 8.1 points per game. That may not be impressive to the average fan, but too Sam Hinkie it sounds great. From his tenure in Houston, we know Sam Hinkie doesn’t like to spend cash. He spends a little here and a little there. A stretch player like Williams will be viable for the Sixers. A player like Williams can come here and almost revamp his career, since Marvin Williams is only 28-years-old.

Williams has played limited roles for nine years and last season he finally showed that he has some solid basketball in him. Last year with the Jazz, Williams played in 66 games and finished with 9.1 points per game, shooting 44 percent from the field. He also shot his second best percentage from beyond-the-arc at 36 percent.  He is a solid veteran shooter on a team full of young players that need someone with great shooting ability. Williams would be a tremendous fit for the Sixers, especially with the news that long time Sixer Thaddeus Young maybe looking for a new team come next summer.

Feb 7, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Utah Jazz power forward Marvin Williams (2) drives to the basket past Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) and center Samuel Dalembert (1) during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeated the Jazz 103-81. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Something that Sam Hinkie will take into consideration is that the Jazz were paying Williams $8.2 million and that’s a pretty penny for a player who will be coming to a team that is losing for a purpose. Williams has been in the league for almost a decade now and he may want to play for a contender.The Sixers could bring him in as certified wing player that can be used as a small forward or power forward because he’s versatile. The expansion of the game and in the introduction of the stretch forward is becoming extremely popular among NBA teams.

This free agent class is loaded with versatile role players and teams are not joking around when going after who they want. Hinkie has yet to make any deals and they have the money to sign a lot of players. Williams is only 28 and has a ton of experience that will do wonders for a young team. The Sixers are aiming to take the league by storm in about two seasons and if Williams is here he can be in prime position to be a suitable role player on a future contender.

Do you agree with the Sixers bringing in Marvin Williams?

 

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