Full Name: Maurice “Mo” Williams
Date/Place of Birth: 12/19/1982-Jackson, MS
Height/Weight-6’ 1”, 195 lbs
Primary Position: PG
Projected Role: Sixth Man/Backup PG
NBA Draft: Drafted with the 47th pick in the 2003 NBA Draft by Utah
Honors: NBA All-Star (2009)
Career Averages-13.8 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 5 APG, 2.3 TOPG, 1 SPG. 12-13 PER: 14.47
As with most of the new Blazers acquisitions this summer, one thing Williams doesn’t lack is confidence on offense. Williams is a score-first guard, good at making long 2s off the dribble and a very good three point shooter as well. Williams has a quick release and is capable of getting his shot off in traffic. When he gets to the line, Williams is also an excellent foul shooter, shooting 86.9% from the line for his career. He won’t provide much on defense, but on offense, especially in his natural point guard position (previous teams like the Clippers used him as a SG and he struggled as a result) he can be a very solid player for Portland.
Mo Williams is not a good defender, he is barely average, in fact. Williams often has trouble staying ahead of quick guards on defense. Williams is also coming off a season where he missed a significant chunk of time due to a thumb injury that eventually required surgery, but the good news is after the injury he rebounded to his usual solid form. Williams needs to work on attacking the rim more and taking advantage of that high free throw %, something he hasn’t done the past few years, averaging only around 1.5 attempts per game the past few seasons. Still, if you want a sixth man/backup PG who can stabilize the second unit and give Lillard a break, Mo is a solid choice.
Mo Williams cited his relationship with Blazers GM Neal Olshey from when Olshey was Clippers GM as a primary reason he was willing to come to Portland. Williams also played under Blazers head coach Terry Stotts in Milwaukee for two years.
Did You Know?:
Mo Williams listens to Phil Collins’s song “In the Air Tonight” before every game.
Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Mo Williams started a foundation to help provide aid and housing to those in his home state of Mississippi affected by the disaster.
As a freshman at Alabama, Williams led a team that entered the 2002 NCAA tournament as a #2 seed, only to be upset by a #10 seed Kent State team (that would make the elite eight) in the second round.