People rip Hollinger as just some stats guy, but I've always defended him as a close observer who supplements his opinions with numbers. His read on Shawne is dead-on. I think many of us feel that Shawne is immensely talented, but only someone who took the time to watch this generally uninteresting team (to outsiders) would have noticed him due to his playing time.Shawne Williams, Pacers
Indiana has a fairly grim future, with the exception of two young forwards named Danny Granger and Shawne Williams. Granger is a known commodity, but Williams gets little ink. The 6-9 forward should be a junior at Memphis, but opted to enter the league early and spent much of last season on the bench.
He's an intriguing prospect because he can shoot from deep (35.8 percent career) but also gets to the rim. Right now he looks great half the time and totally out to lunch the other half, but let's see what happens in the second half of the season as he gets more experience. Certainly his 18.3 points per 40 minutes warrants attention -- guys who can score at that rate at the age of 21 are pretty rare.
Last night's game vs Detroit was a prime example, which Shawne hitting a silky jumper, flying to the lane like a true vet, and then having a series of pretty horrible miscues and TOs. Like Danny you just want to get him on the court and get deeper into the learning curve with him. Hard to do when he normally doesn't play despite the team heading straight south at this point.