July 22, 2008
Warriors Acquire Guard Marcus Williams From New Jersey
Former Net Was A Member Of The NBA’s All-Rookie Second Team in 2006-07
The Golden State Warriors have acquired guard Marcus Williams from the New Jersey Nets in exchange for a conditional first round draft choice, it was announced today by Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Mullin.
Williams, 22, was a member of the NBA's All-Rookie Second Team with New Jersey following the 2006-07 campaign, when he averaged 6.8 points and 3.3 assists in 79 games (16.6 mpg). He was selected to play with the rookie squad in the 2007 Rookie Challenge during All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas and his season assist total (260) represented the third-most all-time for a Nets’ first-year player. His rookie season was highlighted by a career-high 27 point performance against the Suns in Phoenix (11/24/06).
“We are happy to add a player like Marcus to our roster,” said Mullin. “We felt that we needed to acquire another point guard and a player who is capable of running our offense and expanding our depth. We feel that Marcus can contribute to our cause next season.”
Last season (2007-08), Williams averaged 5.9 points and 2.6 assists in 53 games with the Nets (16.1 mpg), highlighted by a season-high 25 point performance 2/20 vs. Chicago and career-best 13 assist outing 2/23 vs. Indiana. Additionally, the 6’3” guard averaged 11.7 points and 4.6 assists in 17 outings last season when logging at least 20 minutes. He missed the first 23 games of the campaign due to a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot.
A two-year NBA veteran, Williams was originally selected by the Nets in the first round of the 2006 NBA Draft (22nd overall). He appeared in a total of 132 games during his two-year stint with New Jersey, averaging 6.4 points and 3.0 assists. Prior to entering the NBA, Williams played three years at the University of Connecticut, where he was a member of the Huskies’ NCAA Championship team in 2004 and registered the highest career assist-per-game average in school history (7.3 apg).