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Thursday October 16, 2008 11:32 am

Dropping Dimes Mock Draft - Round 4, Pick 9: Mo Williams

Mo Williams, CavaliersWith two forwards and a center already supporting this roster, it was time to address the guard position.  The good part about the current make-up of this team is that Rashard Lewis and Antawn Jamison can rack up small-ball statistics, so you are not limited in where you can go with the fourth round pick. 

With that said, the tier of Chauncey Billups and Jose Calderon are off of the board.  With there being a slew of other options that may be a bit to risky to take at this slot, I have no problems “settling” for…

Mo Williams, PG, Cleveland Cavaliers

For years, the Cleveland backcourt has been a disaster.  There was a significant amount of seasons where fantasy owners were drafting other teams’ back-up point guards before they would even consider someone like Eric Snow.

But can you blame them?  Snow was quite a leader, but when it came to fantasy numbers, not only could he not contribute, but the offense ran through one man and one man only: LeBron James.  But Cavaliers GM Danny Ferry made a move to bring Mo Williams over to Cleveland.  A team that was desperate for a point guard now has one that can not only dish, but can create his own shots from any spot on the floor. 

Instead of feeding the ball to Michael Redd in the wing, Mo Williams now be responsible for pushing the ball up the floor on any given chance.  He’ll still be a shooter, most likely being the second option on the Cavaliers.  But if you have watched any of the preseason, head coach Mike Brown wants to run the ball.  A lot.  With one of the best finishers in the game in James, and one of the best three-point shooters in Daniel Gibson, Williams should have plenty of chances to rack up the dimes.

His percentages have never been bad; last season saw him shoot 48 percent from the floor, 86 percent from the line.  Williams is good for at least a three-ball per game, draining 89 of them last year.  And while the knock is on his defense, Williams has back-to-back seasons with at least one steal per night.  While I would expect his points per game to be around 15 (opposed to the 17 that he has racked in the last two seasons), Williams’ all-around game is a perfect complement to a team that features a solid big-ball foundation. 



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