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Weekly Portland Trail Blazers player spotlight – Week 3

Mo Gotti Steppin’ Up

Name: Mo Williams
Position: Point Guard
Last Week’s Stats: 15.0 PPG, 5.5 APG, 2.8 RPG, 61.5 FG%

Week 3 of the NBA season featured the Portland Trail Blazers taking down all four of their opponents, and needless to say, the team saw solid performances across the board.

LaMarcus Aldridge showed once again that he is an All-Star. He had a double-double in each of the team’s four games, and he was the top scorer throughout the week.

Robin Lopez and Thomas Robinson both showed great energy, and Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews proved they can be consistent scoring options behind LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard.

But while the team had a number of players step up, Mo Williams deserves recognition for showing us exactly what we expected to see when he was signed this summer. 

Mo Williams has officially arrived. (Photo: Bruce Ely/The Oregonian)

Mo Williams has officially arrived. (Photo: Bruce Ely/The Oregonian)

When Mo Williams joined the team toward the end of the offseason, Rip City obtained a combo guard who could help spread the floor, take the pressure off the starters t score and provide real-life energy to the worst bench in the NBA.

His start was filled with poor shooting performances, but a strong week from the field helped fans regain faith in what he can do as the year goes on.

Week 3 began with a 17-point performance off the bench, in which the guard shot 7-of-9, recording four assists in the process. He never shot below 50 percent on the week, showing that he can be an efficient option.

Stats aside, Williams brings with him the kind of style that fits in Portland’s system. According to ESPN’s Hollinger Stats, the Blazers are just 19th in the NBA when it comes to pace, but the team is willing to run, and it’s especially willing to take shots early in the shot clock.

Williams can, and will, do both of those things all year, and Terry Stotts has done a good job of allowing his roster to play its preferred style.

When it comes to the 30-year-old, fans need to understand one thing. Williams will go through highs and lows on the season, but he’ll always be a threat to have a big game because of his knack for putting the ball in the basket.

Early in the year, fans saw the negative side of Williams’ streaky nature. Now, he’s starting to come around, and he deserves credit for what he’s been able to do.

Fans have high hopes for the guard, and if he can have more good days than bad, his first season in Rip City will go down as an enormous success.

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