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‘Totally about winning:’ NBA veteran Marvin Williams on joining Milwaukee Bucks

Marvin Williams

MILWAUKEE — As the Milwaukee Bucks continue on pace for a historic season, an NBA veteran comes to Milwaukee hoping to add plenty of experience.

In 2005, the Bucks held the first overall pick in the NBA draft and had a decision to make — Andrew Bogut or Marvin Williams. It was then that Andrew Bogut came to Milwaukee. Now, 15 years later, it’s Marvin Williams’ turn.

APRIL 23, 2006 – Andrew Bogut during NBA playoff game (Photo by Tom Pidgeon/Getty Images)

“It’s crazy because I had an opportunity to be here 15 years ago, that’s a long time ago, it’s crazy to say that,” said Williams. “It’s just funny sometimes how life will bring you full circle. There’s no better time to be here than now so I’m glad to be here.”

A 15-year NBA vet, Williams comes to Milwaukee from Charlotte where spent the last six years. The Bucks are just the fourth team he’s been a part of, but the midseason move is a career first.

NOV. 4, 2005 – Marvin Williams (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

“Believe it or not, that was my first time doing it,” Williams said. “I’ve been traded once and it was in the summertime so this is all kind of new to me. One ting about the NBA its always full of surprises no matter how long you’re there.”

Now on the roster for the league’s best team, Williams is excited about the opportunity and understands what the Bucks are chasing.

“Everyone knows who I am, I’m comfortable with who I am as a player,” said Williams. “What these guys are doing right now is incredible. I’m not here to ruffle anybody’s feathers, I don’t wanna step on anybody’s toes, I just wanna be a little piece of what they’re trying to accomplish.

“Obviously winning a championship is their goal, and it’s been a goal of mine throughout my career and this is a great opportunity for me to make that happen so I’m looking forward to it.”

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (L) drives past Charlotte Hornets forward Marvin Williams during the NBA basketball match between Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Hornets at The AccorHotels Arena in Paris on January 24, 2020. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Of course, any time you’re the new guy in the locker room, you try to make an impact seamlessly — trying not to disrupt any rhythm, especially with a team on pace to win a historic number of games.

“The one good thing about my situation is guys are not going to have to adjust to playing with me. I’ll adjust to playing with everyone in that locker room. I’m totally about winning,” Williams said. “When winning is the only thing that matters, everything else comes easy. For me its not about minutes, it’s not about shots, it’s not about rebounds, it’s just about how can I help?”

So, it’s not the Bucks of 2005, but Williams is grateful his career has circled back to the Bucks of 2020.

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