Sharp shooting big man Shawne Williams was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers on January 7th, 2014 and has surprisingly gone unsigned by another NBA ball club.
Williams averaged 5.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 20.2 minutes per game with the Lakers. Williams struggled with consistency and efficiency from the field in his 32 games with the Lakers. His trademark shot from distant did not fall with regularity, only shooting a meager 32.7 percent from behind the arc.
Having gone almost 3 weeks without being picked up by another NBA team Williams was acquired today by the Lakers’ D-League affiliate, the Los Angeles D-fenders. While the D-Fenders are run by the Lakers, Williams is still an NBA free agent and able to sign with any NBA ball club.
Williams’ path back to the NBA started in today in Ontario, California where the D-Fender took on the Texas Legends. In his first game, Williams showed little signs of rust; in just 19 minutes, he scored 18 points on 7 for 13 from the field and 3 for 6 from behind the 3 point line. The D-Fenders beat the visiting Legends, 150 to 124.
The D-Fenders played at the Citizen Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California for the first time this season and this site played host to the special tribute to the life of the late great Lakers owner, Dr. Jerry Buss. A video montage honoring the life of Dr. Buss’ life was played on the jumbo screen in the arena at halftime and aired on TWC Sportsnet. Dr. Jerry Buss would be celebrating his 81st birthday today.
– Fern Rea