Everyone knows that New Jersey Nets swingman Terrence Williams is an NBA-level player. Averaging 6.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in a reserve role, T-Will showed bright flashes last season of what he can do when given bigger minutes.
But some off-court issues — reportedly, T-Will being off the court more than he should have been due to being late for practice on a regular basis, along with some other stuff — resulted in the team recently suspending him for two games, then sending him down to the D-League, probably as a wakeup call more than anything else.
Well, Williams made quite a statement in his first minor league action.
Colin Stephenson of the Newark Star-Ledger reports:
Terrence Williams posted a triple-double in his first game with the D-League’s Springfield Armor on Thursday. Williams had 16 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists in a 116-112 win over the Maine Red Claws.
Nets general manager Billy King watched Williams, and Johnson said he would speak to King about his impressions of Williams this afternoon. However, Johnson said, he did like what he saw in the boxscore from Williams.
“I thought that was fantastic,” Johnson said of Williams. “He played 40 minutes (39:46); triple-double, I think it’s awesome.”
I would guess that the Nets keep T-Will there for perhaps a few more games. Maybe a week or so, then bring him back and hope things go smoothly from now on.