Talk N' Text Kelly Williams is better than Sta. Lucia Kelly Williams
Paul Lintag on Oct 01, 2017 02:35 PM
"I actually think I'm a better player than I was with Sta. Lucia." --- Kelly Williams
Kelly William's PBA career has been a roller-coaster ride.
He's always been a great player but his numerous battles with a rare blood disorder have probably robbed him a couple of years of peak performance.
And as if he's making up for lost time, the veteran forward has been balling as of late with TNT KaTropa, emerging as one of the best, if not the best, interior forces for rookie head coach Nash Racela's system.
He's been averaging a solid 11.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in the Governors' Cup, and Kelly's last three games ended with a double-double, helping TNT secure the no. 2 seed and advance to the semifinals.
In terms of numbers, it appears the Kelly Williams the Sta. Lucia Realtor remains as the better player. But according to the man himself, Kelly Williams the KaTropa actually has the edge.
"I like to think that I'm a bit smarter than I was at Sta. Lucia, I'm a little stronger and it's different opportunity then, the ball was always in my hands, it's different," he said after TNT moved past Rain or Shine in the quarterfinals of the season-ending joust.
"With Sta. Lucia, I averaged 40 minutes sometimes and now I get 20-25 minutes [with TNT]. I have to be able to produce in those minutes so you have to be smarter. I actually think I'm a better player than I was with Sta. Lucia," Williams added.
With the KaTropa starting to put a premium on youth, Williams is one of the few veterans that remain with the team.
As TNT continues to undergo a slow revamp, the team has been practically forced to adjust on the fly. The core of the old dynasty after all, is almost gone.
"That's just how we are collectively as a team," he said.
"The core guys I've been around for the past few years and the championships know that there's gonna be a lot of obstacle that come our way, we have to adjust. Being able to adjust is key," Williams added.
Kelly's recent surge in performance seems to be a direct product of those adjustments. And TNT, overall, is reaping the benefits.
"I think a lot of it has to do with coach Nash giving me a lot of freedom than I had in the past five or six years," he said.
"He's trusting me with more minutes and trusting me with more freedom to play the game that I know how to play," Williams added.
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