Reggie Williams is a restricted free agent, meaning the Golden State Warriors will have to match offers from other NBA teams if they wish to retain his services for the upcoming season. Considering how well he's played since being called up from the NBA Development League, there's a decent chance the Warriors might have to pay more than they might have planned for the efficient scorer.
Williams is pretty rare in that he had to go through the D-League to get his NBA opportunity and now seems like he will stick. Williams went undrafted despite scoring 27.8 points per game his senior year while leading the VMI Cadets before playing a season in France and then returning to the States to play for the Sioux Falls Skyforce before earning a call-up during the 2009-10 season.
Per minute, Williams was as good in the disappointing nine points per game during the 2010-11 season as he'd been in the perky 15 ppg 2009-10 campaign. He just played far less under Keith Smart than he had under Don Nelson. Williams is pure scorer at the NBA level, a solid bench gunner who hit 42 percent on 241 three-pointers last year. The Warriors are in a weird place on the edge of free agency and could let Reggie go as the team let Anthony Morrow go in 2010. A full mid-level could be within Reggie's reach if amnesty doesn't get too wild.
Once the top-tier players are locked up, it will be interesting to see the market for Williams. He's shown he has the talent to play in the league when given the minutes, but will his defensive deficiencies prevent him from a big pay day?