After forward Jordan Williams has barely gotten off the bench early in his rookie season, the Nets have decided to send him to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Springfield Armor.New Jersey news site NJ.com says that the move was prompted by other roster needs to replace injured players, but Williams' season wasn't going well, hampered by a lack of practice time after he missed training camp and the first five games of the season:
The move makes perfect sense. Williams, 21, has played a total of 37 minutes over six games in the early going for the Nets, and after leaving Maryland after his sophomore season, will get a chance to play – and play a lot – for the Armor. And, because of the Nets' partnership with the Armor, Williams won't just be getting to play a lot for the Armor. He'll both be playing a lot and running the Nets' sets on offense and defense, as the Armor are using the same systems as their parent club.
Williams, 21, was a second round pick out of Maryland in the June draft, but he showed up overweight and out of shape when training camp began Dec. 9. The 6-9 power forward did lose weight and played his way back into shape and got into six games for the Nets, averaging 1.0 points and 1.5 rebounds. He scored his first points (four) in a loss to Boston Jan. 4, and played a career high 10 minutes in the next game, Jan. 6 in Toronto, but playing time was scarce for him otherwise. And with the Nets unable to practice much (they have practiced just twice since the season started) sending him down to Springfield of the D-League offers him a chance to practice and play some games.