The Jordan Williams blog: First two NBA appearances
To follow Torrington’s Jordan Williams and his NBA career with the New Jersey Nets, we’re going to keep a blog of all his action, starting with this initial entry.
On Wednesday at the TD Garden (hardly the ring of the Boston Garden), Williams, with Kevin Garnett running towards his face, launced the first shot, about a 12-footer, of his NBA career.
The shot went down, and with that the Torrington native will forever have his name in the NBA record books.
In 7:18 of playing time, Williams filled the stat sheet with four points and five rebounds (two offensive boards) in playing out the stretch in New Jersey’s 89-70 loss.
His second basket came of the variety we were used to seeing at the University of Maryland: crashing the boards and tipping in a rebound.
Williams made his NBA debut two nights earlier, playing the final 2:30 in a loss to Indiana at home.
While Williams has a long way to go to crack the Nets’ regular rotation, the opportunities look to be there for some playing time with big men Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries battling injuries.
The Nets, meanwhile, to be kind, are a team in transition. After beating the lowly Wizards on opening night, the Nets have lost six straight by an average of 18 points.
They will visit Toronto, an average team at best, on Friday and then play host to LeBron and friends in Newark Saturday night.
It may be gloom and doom for the team, but at least for Williams there is progress being made after a tough training camp.