I don't typically write many FanPosts, but I had to write this one. A lot of my friends and a lot of posts and comments on here are calling for an increase in Elliott Williams' playing time. This whole "Free Elliott Williams" thing has got to stop. I'm not daft - I do understand that he is explosive and can throw down with the best of them. That, and he has a great shooting percentage because of it. Most of his shots come within -1" of the rim. I would hope he has a good shooting percentage! (54%). Looking beyond the wow-inducing dunks he throws down, however, I'm left wanting. Has anyone seen him shut down a starting caliber or even 2nd string caliber 2 guard yet? I don't see any defense or any aggressiveness anywhere other than his drives through the lane. Defense is imperative for a 2 guard. You have a 2 on the floor for scoring and shut down defense. The best 2 guards in the league do both. The good ones do one of them well and are serviceable at the other (Wes Matthews kills on defense but is barely serviceable on offense - he's good in spurts). The "bottom of the benchers" are usually the ones that can't play efficient defense but are a weapon in some capacity on offense. That's where Elliott Williams comes in. He's a liability on defense - and on offense, too for that matter. His 3-point percentage is 29%. His free throw percentage is 37%!! A 2 guard who relies on getting to the rim for his offensive production better be able to shoot free throws too if he wants to be on the court for any period of time - but he can't. I have to agree that his dunks are amazing - but he's right where he should be rotation-wise. Batum is more consistent than Matthews at scoring and is on par defensively. Batum starting at the 2 and Matthews backing him up rightfully eats up the minutes at the 2. It was fun watching Williams light it up against San Antonio's C-Squad, but let's not blow this out of proportion. Eh?
What should Elliott Williams role be today?
Starter: 25+ Minutes (22 votes)
Starter: 20+ Minutes (1 vote)
2nd Unit: 20+ Minutes (92 votes)
2nd Unit: 15+ Minutes (294 votes)
Bottom of the Bench/Alternate: Less Than 15 Minutes (136 votes)
Bottom of the Bench/Alternate: Only Garbage Time (2 votes)
547 total votes