Williams was the 11th player taken overall in the 2009 NBA Draft (Photo by Lou Capozzola, Getty Images).
Guard/Forward to Spend Time with D-League Affiliate
The New Jersey Nets have made the first player assignment to its NBA D-League affiliate, sending guard/forward Terrence Williams to the Springfield Armor. The Nets created a single affiliation partnership with Springfield earlier this month and currently maintains full control of its basketball operations.
"This is a great opportunity for him to go out and play," Nets head coach Avery Johnson stated. "We've talked to (Armor head coach) Dee Brown. This is a great opportunity for (Terrence)."
Brown, who was a long-time NBA starter as a player and winner of the 1991 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, became the head coach in Springfield last year after stops in San Antonio and Orlando in the WNBA. Now calling the shots for the Armor, he feels that adding a playmaker with the skill set of Williams will be very beneficial for his team.
“We're excited to add a player of Terrence's caliber to our roster," he said. "Terrence is an exciting player who should fit in well with our team."
A former standout for Rick Pitino at Louisville, Williams was the 11th overall player taken in the 2009 NBA Draft when he was selected by New Jersey. The Seattle native started nine games for the Nets in his rookie season, playing in a total of 78 contests. He averaged 8.4 points while adding 4.5 boards and 2.9 assists over his debut campaign, also turning in a triple double against the Chicago Bulls in April.
Williams was expected to make his first D-League appearance on Saturday against the Maine Red Claws, but he did not play per coach’s decision.
When the Nets entered into a sole affiliation partnership with Springfield earlier this month, it became just the just the second NBA franchise to do so. The only other NBA club with its own direct affiliate is the Houston Rockets, which is partnered with the Rio Grande Valley Raptors.