We all know about Reggie Williams. He's a legend, a cool guy, and a wonderful basketball player. He's the guy whose the underdog in the movie, the one everyone roots for. He was the nation's leading scorer his junior and senior year, yet 30 teams passed him up twice in the draft, leaving him out to dry in the Euro and D-League. But Reggie kept on playing, and playing well. Teams didn't call him even as he shredded his competition nightly for Dijon JDA.
Reggie Williams always had it tough. Growing up an underrated baller, he attended Virginia Military Institute, the only Division 1 College to offer him a basketball scholarship. With this opportunity he grew from a very limited player as a freshman to one of the best players in college basketball. This came with hard work in the gym during the offseason, as his coach Duggar Baucom said best ,"He really dedicated his summer to basketball, playing pickup and lifting...He knows this is his last go-round, his last chance to impress everybody, because his dream is to play at the next level. But I have no problem with that, because I know how unselfish he is. I never have to get on Reggie for taking bad shots."
The best players work hard each off-season to add more to their games. Reggie is no exception. He was the one constant Warrior in the practice facility this summer getting up shots, lifting, and working on dribbling and scoring moves. He dedicated the entire summer league to improving his defense. Reggie is a driven player, willing to do what it takes. This summer he entered a mediocre 3 point shooter and left one of the best in the league. Now he's up there with Steph and Dorell as the team leader in 3 point %, a remarkable goal for someone who shot 30% on 3's during his otherwise impressive college career.
Reggie Williams never complained about the unfair treatment he received by college and NBA scouts. He kept playing. This season he's been yanked around constantly by coaching legend Keith Smart, putting him in different roles with different minutes at different positions all season. As Reggie stated in an interview with Craig Sager last season, he credited much of his success to Nellie's ability and willingness to let him play a lot, as it helped his confidence tremendously. So as we see, he's been given unfair treatment by his coach, more defensive attention, and he's been ...better? I give him all the credit in the world. I wonder how good he'd be in a starting role with a good amount of touches?
Reggie Williams and Stephen Curry were college basketball's leading scorers from 2007-2009. Luckilly we have both of these two on our team. These two are by far the best scorers in their draft class as each respectively hover around the elite .600% TS% mark. Amazing, and to think he was undrafted.
Unfortunately many professional athletes are not great people. This does not appear to be the case with Reggie. His twitter account is funny and engaging, he's offered to play 2K11 and COD6 and Black Ops with his fans (including myself), and he's always remained humble with JB and Tim Roye. His southern charm really gets to people, and in the end good things happen to good people. Lets hope we get to see him back in a Golden State Warriors uniform for a long time as he continues his personal and athletic development. Thank You ReggieWTF, Mr. Potato Head, or even Mr. Williams. Thank You. You're awesome.
(btw that's not me on the left LOL)