Free agent profile: Shawne Williams
This is the fifth post in a series of profiles analyzing a free agent and how he might fit in with the Lakers.
Shawne Williams, New York Knicks forward
Type of free agent:
The Lakers are in dire need of three-point shooters -- they shot 35.2% from three-point range during the regular season, 28.9% during the postseason, and they shot 37.5% on shots taken from 16 to 23 feet, according to Hoopdata. Williams' presence could immediately help solve that problem, considering that he shot 40.1% from three-point range last season with the Knicks. Since he is 25 years old, this kind of production should not suddenly drop off next season.
Some might point to concerns about Williams' off-court behavior. But Jonathan Abrams, formerly with the New York Times, documented in great detail how Williams has overcome his transgressions, including several arrests and drug charges, once driving with a suspended license and arriving at training camp out of shape. All accounts indicate that Williams made most of his chance with New York. The Lakers' veteran experience also has been able to this type of player, such as Ron Artest, because of the pressure to immediately fall in line with a championship roster.
There are valid questions about Williams' consistency. In January and February, his season averages dipped in points per game (8.2, 4.6), field-goal percentage (41.4%, 32.1%) and three-point field-goal percentage (44%, 25.9%). But then the numbers went back up through March and April.
Verdict: Williams has indicated that he would like to stay with New York and that he is not looking to line his pockets. The Knicks are expected to try to keep him, in particular because he will not be expensive and he has taken steps to redeem himself. Should that scenario not play out, the Lakers should see Williams as a necessary and inexpensive upgrade.
-- Mark Medina
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