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James Borrego says Marvin Williams is Charlotte’s core

Marvin Williams, James Borrego

On Friday night, the Charlotte Hornets dispatched of the Detroit Pistons and Charlotte was led by Marvin Williams for much of the game. Williams was 7-for-11 from three-point range and scored a game-high 24 points. Hornets head coach James Borrego spoke highly of Williams after the game and he believes that Williams is vital to Charlotte.

“He’s at the core of who we are,” Borrego said to the Associated Press. “I’m really proud of him, he shot the ball well and his teammates were looking for him. He was locked and loaded tonight.”

Not only was Williams on fire from deep, but he grabbed six rebounds and finished as a plus-26 on the night. The forward turned in one of his best performances of the season.

The second overall pick in 2005, Williams hasn’t quite lived up to the billing of the second pick of the draft, but he’s put together a very successful career. The 32-year-old is still making an impact and he’s a huge part of what the Hornets are doing this season. In fact, he’s one of the reasons that the Hornets are currently in sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

Williams’ strong three-point shooting is a huge reason for Charlotte’s success this season. Williams is shooting 39 percent from deep this season and he’s been essential as a floor spacer. Kemba Walker is one of the best penetrators in the league so he needs guys like Williams who can hang out on the three-point line and knock down open looks. That’s exactly what Williams does for him.