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December 02, 2009

Ex-Duke star finds his niche

 I'm really happy for former Duke big man Shelden Williams that he's found a home with the Boston Celtics. This is the right spot for what he is and isn't.

Williams wasn't the fifth-best player in the 2006 draft. Pretty much everyone in the NBA except the Atlanta Hawks knew that. But the Hawks were so determined to fill a need, they reached hard for Williams at power forward.

He never lived up to unrealistic expectations in Atlanta. So he kept getting packaged into trades, first to Sacramento and then to Minnesota, where he more represented a salary slot than a roster spot.

Then he signed as a free agent with the Celtics and almost immediately drew playing time, after Glen "Big Baby'' Davis injured himself in a scuffle with a friend from Louisiana. And now Williams is a solid reserve on a great team, averaging 5.2 points and 4.1 rebounds.

"It's easier for him (in Boston) because no one is expecting him to be a savior,'' Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "Shelden is not that player. But he's a very good player on this team who can help.''

Posted by Observer Sports on December 2, 2009 at 12:19 PM | Permalink


I'm so tired of all this Carolina lovin' BS on this sight. Can't we read some articles about players who didn't play their college ball in baby blue...

Oh wait. Hmmm. Looks like you're actually doing stories about players who played in North Carolina regardless of what school they went to. Guess I have nothing left to complain about.

Posted by: bobby | Dec 2, 2009 12:56:15 PM

Go Duke!!!

If only we had Sheldon now!

Posted by: Greg S | Dec 2, 2009 5:30:06 PM

There weren't any expectations in Sactown or Sota, and given their respective levels of talent he should have shown something other than the fact that he's a lumbering oaf on the court. It helps when the team you're playing for gets mostly favorable calls from the refs. He's doubled his FTA per game playing the same amount of minutes he's had his entire career. Some niche.

Posted by: David | Dec 2, 2009 5:41:43 PM

everybody looks good playing with 3 all-stars and future hall of famers. duh?

Posted by: joe cool | Dec 2, 2009 8:43:11 PM

Yeah, you can be sure that Williams has been getting a TON of calls given his reputation around the league. Particularly given that he plays most of his minutes in garbage time.

Oh, and I'm not sure which Hall of Famers he's supposedly been playing with, but the majority of his minutes have come with a backcourt of Eddie House and Marquis Daniels. Or is Rasheed supposed to be boosting him when he's not even good enough to be a starter anymore?

Posted by: Michael Procton | Dec 3, 2009 2:02:14 PM

future hall of famers, pierce, garnett, ray allen

Posted by: joe cool | Dec 4, 2009 6:48:46 PM

If Williams is never on the court with Pierce, Garnett, or Allen, what difference does it make?

Posted by: Michael Procton | Dec 5, 2009 8:49:27 PM

David - typical Carolina propaganda - you gotta come up with something new. Sheldon Williams and favorable calls? Carolina fans and blaming the refs - it will never stop...

Posted by: I'm Smarter Than You | Dec 8, 2009 11:57:41 AM

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