Many travelers find layovers in Atlanta trying, if not flat out miserable. This week former University of Maryland star Jordan Williams is no exception. The rising second-year forward was handed his walking papers by the Hawks afterbeing shipped to Atlanta as part of the trade that sent All-Star Joe Johnson to Brooklyn. Sounds like Williams was caught up in a numbers game after the Hawks re-signed forward Ivan Johnson.After conditioning issues delayed the start of his rookie campaign, Williams averaged 4.6 points and 3.6 rebounds in 43 games for the Nets. Notastonishing numbers, but the burly Williams provided decent bench punch whiledisplaying his soft touch around the rim, making 50.7 percent of his attempts. Those rebounds project out to a solid 8.8 over 36 minutes according to Basketball-Reference.com. In other words, sure he wasn't a first-round pick and sure he likely will never be an NBA starter and sure his decision to turn pro early - Williams would be entering his senior season this year - looks more dubious by the minute, but he's got skills. Some around the league already are speculating that it won't be long before some team snaps up the 21-year-old. No, can't imagine it's the local outfit, not with their logjam up front, but some team makes the move.
Hawks waive Ex-Terp Jordan Williams
September 18, 2012, 5:21 pm