Orlando has its third point guard. And for the second straight year it was the backup from the previous season.
John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports the Magic have resigned Jason Williams to a two-year deal, filling the need for a third point guard with a familiar face and pretty much completing the Magic’s 2010-11 roster. Williams had a very good year last year in Orlando giving the team a big boost off the bench in the regular season. He kept the team afloat when Jameer Nelson went down to an early season injury as the team went 14-4 with him in the starting lineup.
He averaged 6.0 points per game and 3.6 assists per game in 20.8 minutes per game. He shot a career-best 44.4 percent from the floor and 38.0 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. All those numbers greatly decreased once the playoffs began. He scored only 2.6 points per game and dished out 1.6 assists per game in 13.7 minutes per game in the postseason.
Now Williams will fill in as the third point guard behind Jameer Nelson and Chris Duhon. Williams is a great option as a third point guard, to say the least. He has shown very recently he can start in short spurts and fill in as a great backup.
It is probably a good thing that he will be competing with Duhon for the backup spot. Williams is a better shooter than Duhon (at least throughout their careers) so it will be interesting to see how Stan Van Gundy uses the two of them.
As it stands, the roster is more or less complete.