Williams makes most of second chance

Williams makes most of second chance
March 1, 2013, 6:45 pm
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BOSTON — Terrence Williams impressed the Celtics this past summer with his play, but not enough for them to offer him a guaranteed contract.

Different time, different circumstances and as it turns out, a different outcome now with the Celtics signing the 6-foot-6 guard for the remainder of this season in addition to partially guaranteeing his contract for the 2013-2014 season.

Williams' signing completes what has been an unusual odyssey that has taken him from a forgotten man by a number of NBA teams, to a standout in China to his current position as a member of the Celtics.

"I couldn't write this story," Williams said.

Williams had a chance to play his way on to the Celtics' roster this season, but elected to attend Detroit's training camp (he was waived) instead of the C's.

In hindsight, Williams acknowledges he should have stayed in Boston. But the bond he had with Pistons head coach and former C's assistant Lawrence Frank, was what ultimately led him to picking the Pistons.

"He was my rookie coach [in New Jersey]," said Williams who was selected by New Jersey [Now Brooklyn] with the 11th pick in the 2009 NBA draft. "Even though he got fired [in New Jersey], before he got fired I felt we had a lot of chemistry and time together. so i tried to go there. It didn't work out, and now I'm back here."

And unlike most players that stick after initially joining a team via a 10-day contract, it's clear that the Celtics envision him being part of the team beyond this season.

"I like the way he played minus one game," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. "Now that he's going to be here, we have a chance to hopefully turn him into a player that we think he can be."

And that would be a backup point guard, a position that others have not necessarily viewed as being where belonged.

"I'm big for my size, but I'm not a 3-guard," Williams said. "I'm not short like Avery [Bradley] or fast as Avery and [Rajon] Rondo, but I guess I'm labeled as a point guard."

Williams had a feeling that the C's would indeed allow him to play more at the point than he has with other teams.

During workouts this summer in Boston, Rondo was among those Williams played with.

And that is indeed in high demand for the Celtics who have played all season without a true backup point guard.

Instead, the C's have handled the play-making duties by committee with off-guards directing the offense along with Paul Pierce who has played more of a point-forward role in Rondo's absence.