13 August 2008
Former Alabama basketball star Mo Williams
was a part of a blockbuster trade in the NBA today. Mo goes from perennial bottom feeder Milwaukee to title contender Cleveland, where he'll play along with superstar Lebron James.
After struggling through a rookie season in which he didn't play much, Mo has steadily become one of the league's more reliable point guards. Last season with the Bucks he averaged 17.2 points, 6.3 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game - not to mention bringing in a $7.75 million contract.
With his 17+ points a game and 48% shooting, Williams finally brings a reliable second scoring option to the Lebron-centric Cavs. And since the ball will usually go through James anyway, it doesn't really matter that Mo may be less distribution-minded than what many coaches like in their point guards.
This is a deal that really works both for the Cavs and for Williams, who may find himself in future years with options in finger decor that he could never have dreamed of otherwise. Here's a toast to Mo and those rings.