Despite only appearing in 40 games last season with the Bobcats, it's safe to say Reggie Williams had used his first three years in The Association to become a relatively known commodity in the NBA. His 8.6 point per game average (in 20 minutes per contest) through four seasons went a long towards Williams garnering himself a reputation as a reliable scorer off the bench.
There's no doubt Williams had realized some success in the NBA, but following training camp with the Rockets this past fall, the swingman was the odd man out in Houston. Shortly after that, the 27 year old found himself in a humbling position while arriving back in the D-League.
Playing for the 66ers, Williams got off to a slow start. Tulsa began the year with one of the league's worst records, and the veteran not only struggled from the field, but also looked much less assertive than ever before. He appeared uninspired.
But with the new year of 2014 arrived a new (or simply rejuvenated) Williams. In January, he averaged over 23 points per contest. In February, he was as efficient as ever, shooting season-high percentages from the field. His success only continued this month, as Williams led the way for the 66ers over the course of a recent six game winning streak.
Such success has come better late than never, but with Williams displaying that extra pep in his step once again, it didn't take long for an NBA team to react and snatch him back up. The affiliated OKC Thunder signed the swingman to a 10-day contract on Thursday.
As it so happens, Williams' signing was simply a highlight for what proved to be a very busy day across the D-League.
After leading the way for the successful Canton Charge, masterful floor general Jorge Gutierrez will return to the Brooklyn Nets (he spent training camp lwith the team last fall after signing a 10-day contract. Former Rockets' forward Royce White will also return to the NBA, but must go through basketball's minor league first. The young gun did in fact sign a 10-day contract with the Sacramento Kings, but will likely spend the duration of the pact playing for the affiliated Reno Bighorns. His progress there (or lack there of, perhaps) will likely dictate whether or not he signs another 10-day contract.
It was certainly a busy day for promotions. In other (related) news, however, D-League All-Star Kevin Jones is departing the minor league in favor of a stint in the Philippines the rest of the season.