08 May 2014

Can T-Will Answer Bolts' Prayers?

Terence Williams
I guess the Meralco Bolts management is tired of unending excuses following another disappointing finish in the current Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup.

For the third time in a row, the Bolts were eliminated in the quarterfinals by their opponents after winning the first game in a best-of-three series. How can anybody stand those senseless 'failure to advance' is anybody’s guess. One thing is certain, though, Coach Ryan Gregorio was the tactician in all those losses.

To avert any possible collapse in the season ending Governor’s Cup, the management decided it is time to bring in a quality import in the mold of former National Basketball Association (NBA) veteran Terrence Williams.

Hoping that Williams will be able to strut his athleticism in the league and dominate the stats to end the Bolt’s title drought, the management is sparing no expense in bringing the 26-year old forward on 8 May 2014.

Listed at 6-foot-6, the 220-pound Louisville native has a reputation as an explosive scorer and owns a career average of 7.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in 153 games and four seasons spent with the New Jersey Nets (now Brooklyn), Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, and Boston Celtics.

Early this year, Williams averaged 21.5 points on 42 percent shooting from the floor to go with 6.1 assists and 4.8 rebounds for the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the NBA Development League. He appeared in 12 of the team’s 13 games for the month of January to lead the D-fenders to an NBA D-League best 10-3.

Williams scored in double figures ten times for the same period and set a D-Fenders record with a 50-point outing against the Idaho Stampede on 31 January 2014. This was enough to earn him NBA D- League Player of the Month. The award is the first of Williams’ career.

For the season, Williams is averaging 21.8 points, good for seventh in the NBA D-League, along with 5.9 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 36.9 minutes in 13 games, 12 starts. His 50-point outing was the second-highest single-game point total this season.

The 11th overall pick of the Brooklyn Nets in the 2009 draft has played for four teams in four NBA seasons. He played for the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association at the start of the 2012-13 season before joining Boston and the D-Fenders upon returning stateside.

Williams found a role as a backup point guard with the Celtics and appeared in five of the team’s six postseason games against the Knicks, logging a playoff-high 17 minutes in a Game 5 victory in New York.

Williams was arrested in May 2013 for allegedly brandishing a gun during a visitation exchange with the mother of his 10-year old child in Kent, Washington, though charges have yet to be filed in the case.

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