Louisville's Williams Joining Lee in New Jersey

By: Tom Canavan, Associated Press
By: Tom Canavan, Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Hours after trading Vince Carter, the New Jersey Nets drafted Louisville forward Terrence Williams with the 11th overall pick in Thursday's NBA draft.

Williams played point forward for the Cardinals, which means he can probably play the point, shooting guard or small forward in the pros. His versatility is something the Nets are going to need now that Carter has been shipped to the Orlando Magic.

Williams also plays defense, which was something noticeably missing as New Jersey missed the playoffs for the second straight year.

Williams averaged 12.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and five assists as a senior. He was the first senior selected in the 2009 draft.

"I am in a great market with New Jersey," Williams said after being selected. "I learned great from coach P (Rick Pitino) so I can learn great in New Jersey and go from there and practice every day."

Williams is likely to battle for the starting shooting guard spot with Courtney Lee and Chris Douglas-Roberts, both entering their second seasons.

Lee was acquired in the Carter deal along with point guard Rafer Alston and power forward Tony Battie.

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