UNC Alumni in the NBA: Marvin Williams stars in Hornets victory

Former Tar Heel Marvin Williams scores season-high 30 points in Hornets win

Charlotte Hornets power forward Marvin Williams turned back the clock on Friday night, scoring a season-high 30 points en route to a 112-111 victory over the Washington Wizards.

On a night that he looked every bit the player that he was when he got drafted back in 2005, Williams hit 10-of-16 shots from the floor and 7-of-10 from behind the three-point line. His seven three-pointers tied a career-high that he set earlier this season against Detroit. He also recorded seven rebounds, two blocks, a steal and an assist in 32 minutes of play against the Wizards.

Maybe more impressive than any of that was the one-handed putback slam on Friday night that made him look like the kid wearing Carolina blue nearly 15 years ago.

Williams is having a terrific season, and may be one of the more undervalued veteran bigs in the league right now. And despite the fact that he’ll turn 33 years old in June, he’s proven to be a valuable and durable asset for Charlotte.

He’s made an appearance in all but one of the Hornets’ games this season, and started all 64 that he’s played in. He’s logging nearly 29 minutes a game, and putting up numbers that rival his career averages. For the season, he’s averaging 10.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.8 blocks, 0.9 steals, and just 0.6 turnovers; all of which are better than the numbers that span his 14-year career.

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