Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Mo Williams Inks Deal With Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed Mo Williams to a six-year, $51.5 million deal.
"Basically in my mind, it's my team," Williams said. "Things don't go right, I'm the point guard. I'm the leader on the floor, an extension of the coach."
For some time there was speculation that Williams could be headed to the Miami Heat, who were very seriously courting him. However, most of us have known better for some time now.

Locking up Williams is a strong move. Just 24 years old, he’s shown the kind of dramatic improvement in his first four years in the league that point to a very promising next six.

Hopefully Williams will live up to his above quote and truly be the team’s leader on the floor. His ability to spread the ball around and distribute has been good but not excellent. Too often last year the Bucks played a two-man game that placed too much reliance on Michael Redd and Williams.

Granted, most of that two-man game was out of necessity due to a lack of other options. Andrew Bogut, for one, needs to step up as a more consistent offensive player before one can be overly critical of Williams’ lack of point guard purity. With Bobby Simmons and Desmond Mason on the wings the chance to spread the ball around more should be available.

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