It’s been a wild ride for Sean Williams.
Just within the past couple of weeks, he has gone from playing in Israel to playing in the D-League with the Texas Legends. Finally, he made his return to the NBA in his debut with the world champion Dallas Mavericks.
Maybe the past few years have prepared him for his current journey.
Williams, who was originally the first round pick (17th overall) of the New Jersey Nets in the 2007 NBA Draft, was released by them in January of 2010 after some legal issues. As a results, Williams decided to play overseas in Puerto Rico and then China.
Williams joined the Texas Legends in November 2010, where he was coached by Nancy Lieberman. At the time, he felt that this would be the best way to get back into the NBA. Even though he was selected to the 2011 NBA D-League All-Star game, Williams never received a call-up to the NBA.
During the NBA lockout, Williams decided to play overseas in Israel for the Maccabi Haifa. His contract allowed him to exit once the NBA lockout ended.
[Mavs seriously interested in signing Sean Williams]
Last week, I reported that the Dallas Mavericks (0-2) were taking a strong look at Sean Williams, who left Maccabi Haifa of Israel to return to the United States. The Mavs made it official last Tuesday by signing the 6-10 forward/center to a two-year contract.
Williams suited up for the Texas Legends on the following night and helped them improve to 3-8 in their 112-108 victory over the Los Angeles D-Fenders. He finished the game with only seven points on 2-11 shooting from the field but added eight rebounds and one block in 23 minutes off the bench.
During one stretch in the 4th quarter, Williams got extremely winded and asked to be taken out of the game. On a few other possessions, he was so winded that he didn’t attempt to get back on defense. It seemed pretty obvious that his conditioning was not 100% at that point.
Williams made his Mavs debut on Monday night against the Denver Nuggets, and it’s one that he his new teammates won’t soon forget.
For almost three quarters of the game, the Mavs appeared to be completely lifeless. They were lethargic and the atmosphere in the American Airlines Center was dead. There was no energy to be found from the players or the fans. Once Williams entered the game, the energy in the building was raised to another level.
He saw his first action during garbage time late in the 3rd quarter while the Mavs were trailing by 31 points. Even though the game was over, he made such a huge impact that he left fans hungry to see more of him.
In 11 minutes off the bench, Sean Williams ended the game with 12 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 blocked shot. He was 4-4 shooting from the field. He knocked down all 4 of his free-throw attempts as well. You would think that his debut with the Mavs would be remembered for his impressive stat line.
Not so fast………
Once again late in the 4th quarter, Williams appeared to be winded and asked out of the game. Once he made it to the sideline, he cleared the bench by vomiting all over himself and the sideline area. The play of Williams and his bench clearing incident didn’t go unnoticed by Coach Carlisle:
“He did a terrific job,” Coach Rick Carlisle said. “He brought energy, brought athleticism, made plays. He was playing so hard, he threw up. That tells you that he was going at it the way you need to”
He obviously made a great impression on his new coach, in spite of the incident that occured on the Mavs bench. He made such a great impression on Carlisle that you can expect to see more of him when the Mavs go on the road to face Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight.
“I loved the way Williams played and he will be active for this game,” Carlisle said after Wednesday’s practice. “He’ll get another shot to play for sure.”
Hopefully his 2nd game with the Mavs will be memorable different reasons.
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