2014-15 Season in Review | Mo Williams

by Quinton Wash

By Sam Perley, hornets.com

2014-15 Season in Review | Mo Williams

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Tipping Off
A late-January knee injury to starting point guard, Kemba Walker, ultimately set in motion the Hornets midseason trade for Mo Williams, who was acquired along with Troy Daniels from the Minnesota Timberwolves on Feb. 10 in exchange for Gary Neal and a 2019 second-round draft pick. Despite playing in his 12th NBA season, the 32-year-old Williams remained a dangerous scorer in the league as evidenced by a career-high 52 points against the Indiana Pacers on Jan. 13, which was the highest single-game total of any player in the NBA at that time.

Mo-Mentum
Upon arriving in Charlotte, Williams instantly proved the 52-point outburst was no fluke as he gelled immediately with the Hornets by posting averages of 21.0 points and 7.9 assists over his first 12 games from Feb. 21-Mar. 13. His high-level of play during this span led Williams to be named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the week of Mar. 2-8 during which he averaged 19.5 points and 10.8 assists on 42.9 percent shooting in a perfect 4-0 week for the Hornets. Williams was also named Western Conference Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 19 while playing with Minnesota, becoming the first player to earn the honor in both conferences in the same season since the NBA starting splitting the award between two conferences starting with the 2001-02 season.

Williams Marching
Williams’ numbers eventually started to deter off once Walker returned on Mar. 11 but he finished the month with averages of 17.8 points and 6.8 assists through 17 games, which were the highest on the team in both categories.
“He’s got a great feel for the game. He brings a lot to our team just [because opponents] have to respect Al [Jefferson] in the post so much,said Hornets teammate, Cody Zeller. “It opens up [our offense] a lot because he's a good scoring option on the outside.

Season Cut Short
Fatigue and a troublesome knee started to wear on Williams by the end of the season who played his final game on Apr. 10 against Atlanta. Overall as a Hornet, he averaged 17.2 points, 6.0 assists and 30.8 minutes in 27 games played for Charlotte, 13 of which he came off the bench.  
“He’s a smart player, veteran guy, been around a long time. Seen a lot of different offenses. For him to come in and do what he's done and fit well in our offense doesn't surprise me at all. Thats the kind of guy he is, the kind of leader he is and the kind of scorer he is, added Hornets teammate and longtime friend, Al Jefferson.

2014-15 Outlook
Williams enters the offseason as unrestricted free agent but thinks the Hornets have a chance to make some noise next season and would like to stick around.

“Next year, the goal is the playoffs and [we] got to put together a unit that coexists with each other for one and get it done at a high level,” said Williams. “We do have some talent, especially some young talent. They develop the right way, they should be able to help this team.”

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