It’s time to focus our attention on what we do have. And somewhere, buried under all of that distaste for our former King, there’s a Cavalier Fanatic that believes this team can still compete this season. I’m not claiming that we have what it takes to win a championship right now because, as optimistic as I am, I don’t even believe that. But the Cavs have some very steady pieces that, if they work together, could finish the regular season in the top eight in the Eastern Conference. (For those of you that don’t follow me, that means they’ll make the playoffs).
So I am going to take the next couple weeks to break down our current team so that, by the end of this series, maybe we can all see just how dangerous this team can be.
Remember: We’re Clevelanders. There is no counting us out!
So without further ado, let’s take a look at #31 Jawad Williams.
Jawad Williams – Forward (6’9”, 218)
Just as it has been well-documented that I am a big fan of Anthony Parker and Anderson Varejao, I have made it equally clear that I am not sold on Jawad Williams. He did OK during that stretch last season when he played regularly but I didn’t – and still don’t – think that Williams earned a regular role on this team.
He shoots the basketball at a high percentage – sometimes – but he plays poorly on the defensive end. There is an obvious decrease in effort on the defensive side of the ball and he is most certainly not a strong enough scorer to take possessions off on either end of the floor.
What I do like about Williams is his ability to score the basketball in transition. He does a very good job of running the floor, finding an opening and knocking down open jump shots. He does a half-way decent job with penetrating but he seems to have an almost annoying shoot-first mentality. There are far too many times that I find myself thinking, “What kind of shot was that?!” But maybe that discipline will come with maturation into the league. Who knows?
I see a lot of similarities between the games of Jawad Williams and Jamario Moon. (Except Williams cannot fly). However, in my opinion, there are very few things that Williams does better than Moon. He should, and probably will, find himself sitting next to Coach Scott more often than he’s on the floor.
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