Milwaukee Bucks should look to re-sign Marvin Williams for 2020-21

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 01: (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 01: (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) /

With only 11 games played before the season hiatus, the Milwaukee Bucks should look to run it back with Marvin Williams whenever free agency rolls around.

When the Milwaukee Bucks picked up Marvin Williams from the buyout market, there was little doubt about what looked to be the most consequential move made by any of the league’s title contenders heading into the final stretch of the season.

All of a sudden, the NBA’s best team by record had added another incredibly capable and savvy veteran contributor, and the Bucks’ chances of going all the way to a championship seemed to improve further.

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Of course, fast forward to the present day, when the playoffs should just be set to get underway, and with the season on hold due to the coronavirus, the Bucks have only 65 games played.

For Williams, that equated to just 11 games played as a Buck, and what must currently feel even more like unfinished business for him than it does for his many teammates.

The 33-year-old undoubtedly signed in Milwaukee with the belief that he would have a real opportunity to compete for a championship, and perhaps that could still prove to be true if the current season resumes.

If it doesn’t, though, Williams will find himself back on the open market as he enters the final stretch of his career.

In that scenario, it would be no surprise if Williams is in demand among the leading teams around the NBA, but with spending likely to be much more modest than usual whenever free agency does take place, there’s every possibility that his inclination could be to run it back with Milwaukee once more.

None of that is to suggest that Williams’ spell with the Bucks has been standout during his 11 games to date, as he has quite clearly been trying to acclimate to his new surroundings.

Williams has shown solid feel in terms of picking up many core principles of Mike Budenholzer’s defensive scheme, although he was a little foul-happy (4.1 personal fouls per 36 minutes) compared to how the Bucks like to play.

On the offensive side of the ball, Williams’ shot had yet to live up to expectations either, making just 29.6 percent of his three-point attempts overall.

In spite of that far from dazzling performance, there’s no reason to believe that things couldn’t prove to work out positively between the Bucks and Williams, with both parties afforded some more time to get to know each other a little better.

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Whether that can happen beyond the current campaign will be in Williams’ hands when the time comes to decide what’s next for him. Perhaps that will take him elsewhere, maybe it will lead him to consider his playing future entirely, but it would be no surprise if he, and many of his Bucks teammates, ultimately opt to try to run things back after their potentially historic season was disrupted.