13 May 2014

When T-Will Scored 50 Points at the D-League

T-Will 50 POints
Upcoming Meralco Bolts import Terrence Williams (T-Will) set an LA D-Fenders' franchise record with 50 points in a win over the Idaho Stampede on 31 January 2014.

Acquired by the D-Fenders prior to the start of the new year, NBA veteran Terrence Williams was a surprising late addition to D-League competition.

A month before, the decision to play in the minor league has so far paid dividends for the former Celtics' swingman. Entering 31st January, Williams owned averages of 18.9 points (on 41 percent from the field and 38 percent from deep), 6.3 assists, and 4.4 rebounds. With an interesting skill-set, Williams is a versatile player who balances his own individual offensive prowess, along with a sound understanding of how/when to get his teammates involved, quite well.

Los Angeles was an intriguing destination for Williams, largely in part due to the already talented existent core in town. Still, after proving he could fill up the stat-sheet and co-exist alongside the likes of Manny Harris and James Southerland, a new window of opportunity has opened wide up for the veteran as of late.

Harris has since been called up the Lakers, allowing Williams to run wild with abandon as the new primary option in the D-Fenders' offense. On that historical January night, he took full advantage of the opportunity at hand. Without Harris, Williams has been let loose and is free to dominate by scoring the ball in a bevy of different ways. The 26 year set a franchise-record with 50 points on 18 of 37 from the field (6 of 13 from down town) on his way to leading Los Angeles to a 135-127 win over the Stampede.

The D-Fenders wavered towards the end of the contest, but ultimately held on for the victory. Mike D'Antoni often preaches how important aiming to outscore one's opponent becomes when the other aspects (defense) of a team's efforts fail. There's no doubt D-Fenders' head coach Bob MacKinnon loves to run and gun, while playing a very similar style as well.

It goes without saying that Williams is benefiting from being part of such a system, as it clearly shows. The question now is if the coaching staff of Meralco Bolts will also give him the freedom to do what he does best and that is to score at will.

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