After spending four seasons in the NBA, a stint overseas, and now twelve games in the NBA D-League, Terrence Williams is proving that he’s ready for another crack at the Association.
Williams spoke with DLeagueDigest.com fresh off a 50-point effort (an NBA D-League season high and L.A. D-Fenders franchise record) in Boise, Idaho, as his team knocked off their division rival 135-127.
Off the court, Williams has never been in a better place mentally. According to Williams, his trip to the NBADL has helped. “It’s unfortunate that I’m here, but it is fortunate for me to be humbled. I needed this.”
Williams really has changed everything in hopes of earning another chance to play in the NBA. “I came down here to have an open mind and a good attitude while playing basketball. I’ve changed everything. I changed how I go about talking with my teammates, talking with coaches, trainers, ball boys, ball girls, people who get me water, just everything you know. I realized that I’m very fortunate to be playing this game.” Williams said.
Williams has found a rhythm for sure, especially in his last four games where he’s dropped 20 points or more in each contest. His team has won all four contests as well.
In regard to his franchise record 50 point showing, Williams didn’t even know he was close to the half century mark until his teammates told him. “They told me I needed four points, and I was like for what? They were like for 50, so I was like oh well damn I need to get those four points. But at that point the game was close, so it’s good to score 50, and to get the win.” Williams added.
Entering the NBADL off a two week overseas stint, Williams knew he wanted to play on American soil again. “I want to play basketball in America, and for me to do that I had to change some things. Hopefully I get another chance and I stick with it. At the end of the day, I want to play basketball and keep my mouth shut.” Williams concluded.
Williams is making a strong case for a return to the Association, he has raised his level of play and looks to be in prime shape. The game is coming to him at a much slower pace, and most importantly he is leading his team to wins. An NBA Call-Up could be on the horizon for Williams, and if given the opportunity he’ll be ready.