On August 21st, 2004, the Milwaukee Bucks signed 22-year-old point guard, Mo Williams. Williams was the 47th overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft but wasn’t given much of a chance by the Utah Jazz his rookie season. That is why, when the Bucks signed Williams to be their starting point guard, a lot of fans questioned the move by the front office. However, Williams showed promise in the 2004-05 season when he averaged 10.2 points per game and 6.1 assists while being a great fit next to Desmond Mason and Michael Redd.
The very next season, Mo Williams took another leap and averaged career highs in points per game, 3-pointers, and 3-point percentage. In the 2006-07 season, Williams took yet another leap forward and established himself as one of the better point guards in the Eastern Conference. That season he averaged 17.3 points per game while shooting 44.6% from the field and 34.6% from three. He also averaged 6.1 assists per game, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.3 steals. Mo’s breakout season also saw him win the NBA’s Player of the Week Award for December 24th.
Williams followed up his breakout campaign with the best season he ever had as a Bucks. In 2007-08, he averaged 17.2 points per game while shooting an elite 48.0% from the field and 38.5% from three. He also averaged 6.3 assists per game, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.2 steals.
Unfortunately, while he was at his peak in Milwaukee, the Bucks sadly traded Williams to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a three team deal that saw Damian Jones, Adrian Griffin, and Luke Ridnour join the Bucks. After the trade, Mo Williams went on to play 8 more seasons in the NBA. He made an All-Star team in the 2008-09 season and won an NBA Championship with the Cavs in 2015-16.
Mo Williams played with the Milwaukee Bucks from 2004 through 2008. He played in 272 total games and averaged 14.1 points per game while shooting 45.0% from the field and 36.4% from three. He also averaged a very solid 5.7 assists per game.
When thinking of players who were really good but never got the credit in Milwaukee, Mo Williams is definitely one of the first names that come to mind. If he was on a bigger market team, he would have been hyped up a lot more. Williams was one of those guys that looking back on it, fans should be grateful that they got to watch him play for the Bucks.