FOLLOWING another swift playoff exit, Meralco is bringing in former NBA veteran Terrence Williams for the season-ending PBA Governors Cup in the hope of ending the franchise's title drought.
Listed at 6-foot-6 in the NBA’s official website, the 210-pound Williams has a reputation as an explosive scorer and owns a career average of 7.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in 153 games and four seasons spent with the New Jersey Nets (now Brooklyn), Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, and Boston Celtics.
Early this year, the athletic Williams emerged as the NBA D-League Player of the month for the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the farm league of the LA Lakers, after averaging 21.5 points on 42 percent shooting from the floor to go with 6.1 assists and 4.8 rebounds in January.
The 26-year-old Williams, the Nets’ 11th overall pick in the 2009 Draft, is expected to arrive on Thursday as the Bolts prepare for the Governors Cup that starts in over a week’s time.
Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio personally scouted Williams, who he hopes can bring his vast NBA experience to a Meralco side that is still in search of a first ever championship in the PBA since making its debut during 2010-11 season.
Williams was a protégé of former NBA coach Rick Pitino, a two-time US NCAA champion, when he played under the 61-year-old American mentor at University of Louisville from 2005 to 2009.