Bucks’ Marvin Williams announces retirement from NBA
After 15 seasons in the NBA, Milwaukee Bucks forward Marvin Williams is retiring from the professional circuit.
Williams was the second overall pick of the 2005 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks, where he spent his first seven seasons. After which, he played two seasons donning the Utah Jazz jersey before spending the next six campaigns with the Charlotte Hornets.
In February, the Bucks acquired Williams from the free agency market. In 1,072 regular season games, Williams averaged 10.2 points and 5.2 rebounds.
Bucks forward Marvin Williams told @TheUndefeated he is retiring from playing in the NBA after 15 seasons. “I’ve been very blessed. God has been very, very good to me,” Williams said.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) September 9, 2020
While Marvin Williams didn’t necessarily develop into a superstar, he was nonetheless a great asset for the teams he played for. The 34-year-old was was a key member of the Hawks in the mid-to-late 2000s, guiding the team to five consecutive playoff appearances from 2008 to 2012 together with Josh Smith, Jamal Crawford, Al Horford and Joe Johnson.
Williams joined the rebuilding Hornets squad in the 2014-15 season. He remained a starter during his stint in Charlotte, offering reliable rebounding and a solid 10-15 points per night.
In the 2015-16 season, Williams forged his name in the NBA record books. He totaled 521 rebounds and 152 three-point field goals, making him one of only five players to tally at least 500 rebounds and 150 3-pointers in the year. Williams joined the likes of Kevin Durant, Paul George, James Harden and Kevin Love. He also became the first player in franchise history to reach such a milestone.
In addition, his 152 3-pointers in the same season marked the third-best single-season total in franchise history. On top of the list is Glen Rice’s 1996–97 and 1995–96 seasons.
While he only played 17 regular season games for the Bucks this 2019-20, he was a valuable locker room guy and veteran who provided his guidance to the young players of the team.
Unfortunately for him, his time with the Bucks ended in a sour note after they were eliminated by the Heat in Game 5 of their second-round playoff matchup.