Where Mo came from:
Born in Jackson. Mississippi in 1982, Williams attended high school in Mississippi and went on to play his college ball for the Alabama Crimson Tide, before being drafted by the Utah Jazz with the 47th pick in the second round in the 2003 NBA draft. He then signed with the Milwaukee Bucks the following year as a free agent.
Where Mo has been:
Mo began his career with the Utah Jazz through the 2003-2004 season, averaging 5 points and 1.3 assists during his rookie campaign. He was released the following year and signed with the Milwaukee Bucks, where he would spend the next four seasons. During the 2004-2005 season, Williams filled in for an injured T.J. Ford and averaged 10.2 points and 6.1 assists per game. T.J. Ford was subsequently traded during the 2006 offseason, opening a starting role for Williams. On August 13, 2008, Williams was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, in a three team, six player deal.
What Mo has achieved:
The 6'1, 190 pound guard has put up a generous 13.9 PPG in his 479-game NBA career, with his best season in points per game coming in 2008-2009 season for the Cavaliers, when he racked up 17.8 per game. Mo averaged 6.3 assists per game for the Bucks in 2007-2008. For the Cavaliers in 2009-2010, Williams averaged 15.8 PPG and 5.3 assists per game.
In 2008-2009, Williams replaced Chris Bosh on the Eastern Conference roster for his first and only All-Star game appearance.
What we can expect to see from Mo in the coming season:
Mo is presently 27 years of age and remains the number one scoring threat at the guard position for the Cavaliers. Many analysts feel Williams will shine under Byron Scott at the two along-side Ramon Sessions. The 2010-2011 season will present an opportunity for Mo to score the basketball at a high rate in an up tempo style offense. If Williams is placed in the starting line up at the two, he will have need to play better defense and be able to hit the open jumper when the opportunity presents itself. The small, up tempo offense will ultimately benefit Williams if he ends up at the point or the two guard.
As Cavalier fans, we need to remember the allegiance Mo pledged to this team and this organization during the offseason.