The Charlotte Hornets announced on Wednesday that forward Marvin Williams has sustained a broken left middle finger.
The team says that the veteran forward will be sidelined for the remainder of the preseason with the non-displaced fracture and that he will be re-evaluated on October 25. Charlotte will close out the preseason with a back-to-back against the Miami Heat and Minnesota Timberwolves later this week. Their regular season campaign is set to get underway on October 26 in Milwaukee against the Bucks.
Williams was injured early during a game on October 17 against the Chicago Bulls, never to return to the floor.
He has quietly emerged over the last couple of seasons as a completely revamped player from the one initially taken No. 2 overall by the Atlanta Hawks back in 2005. Initially a lanky swingman, Williams has beefed up to about 240 pounds and reinvented himself as a legitimate stretch-four. He was a crucial cog in the Hornets’ redesigned three-happy offense last season and he shot a career-best 40.2 percent from beyond the arc on nearly five attempts per game.
Williams finished tied for fifth on the club in scoring average (11.7) and tied for the team lead in rebounding (6.4).
If he is forced to miss any regular season time, the Hornets are well-stocked with stretchy big men that can fill his spot in the rotation. Williams’ absence would likely mean an uptick in playing time for both Spencer Hawes and Frank Kaminsky, each of whom is capable enough from three-point range to help keep Charlotte’s offensive spacing effective.
Williams was rewarded for his resurgent play with a four-year, $54.5 million deal in July.