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Bobcats giving big man a look

Observer NBA writer Rick Bonnell evaluates new Charlotte Bobcat Justin Williams:

The background: A 6-foot-10, 260-pound power forward/center out of Wyoming, Williams spent parts of two seasons with the Sacramento Kings. The Kings cut him to open a roster spot necessary to complete the Mike Bibby trade last season. Williams also spent time with Houston and was in training camp with the Golden State Warriors before being cut last week.

What he offers: Scouts like Williams' length and energy. He'll block some shots and be active enough to grab some offensive rebounds.

What he lacks: He needs a more complete offensive game and needs to get stronger. He can be pushed out of position, which limits him as a defensive rebounder.

Bobcats connection: Advance scout Brendan O'Connor coached Williams as a Kings assistant, and they auditioned him on O'Connor's recommendation.

How he might fit here: Any big man who can provide some defense and rebounding has a chance to make this team. Coach Larry Brown says he needs more players who can contribute in ways other than scoring.

Quoting: “I played against Yao Ming and did a great job. I had like eight rebounds, five steals and defended him pretty well. Obviously I need to get stronger, but I play with a lot of heart.”

Williams, on the perception he's too slim to guard NBA big men.

The bottom line: He signed an unguaranteed contract, so there's no big risk in giving him a look the rest of the preseason.

It's a worthwhile experiment because his strengths match some of the Bobcats' weaknesses.

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