Heading into Friday night’s game against the Orlando Magic with a 28-36 record, the Charlotte Hornets were in desperate need of a strong performance from someone not named Kemba Walker or Nicolas Batum.
That duo has shown up all season for Charlotte, but the general lack of consistency from the rest of the team has resulted in a disappointing campaign so far, especially considering the fact that they made the playoffs last year.
Luckily for Charlotte, veteran power forward Marvin Williams came to play, posting 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting to go along with a career-high 18 rebounds and a career-high seven assists in the lopsided 121-81 blowout.
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While the performance as a whole was much-needed and well-rounded, one play in particular set the social media world on fire, and rightfully so.
Check out what Williams did to Bismack Biyombo on the play below.
Grabbing a pass from Batum right down the middle of the lane, the former No. 2 overall pick Williams slammed down one of the most disrespectful and epic dunks of the 2016-2017 season.
Throw in the fact that Biyombo was a former teammate of his and it makes the slam even more dramatic.
It clearly warranted the Jim Ross treatment.
To add, Williams was the first Hornets player with 18-plus rebounds in nearly three years.
After the game, he made it clear that the team needs to take it one game at a time if they are going to have continued success. He also answered a question regarding what he told Biyombo after the dunk.
You have to think that the two buddies will be laughing about this for years to come.
Williams is putting up 11.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 29.6 minutes per contest for the Hornets this season, but has stepped it up recently due to the absence of Frank Kaminsky, who had been seeing extended minutes for much of the second half of the year.
In the month of March, Williams has logged an average of 36.0 minutes per game and has put up 13.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per contest, all above his season averages.
Further, he has picked it up in the scoring column, posting 14-plus points in four of the last five games. Averaging just 7.8 shot attempts in that span, he has been remarkably efficient, shooting 51.6 percent from the field as well and 83.3 percent from the charity stripe.
He has also posted three performances of 12-plus rebounds in the last five games.
If the Hornets make a late-season push to earn one of the last spots in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, it will be because of Williams and other role players stepping up in complementary roles alongside Walker and Batum.
Friday was a good start and was punctuated by one of the best (if not the best) dunks of the entire NBA season thus far.