Key stat: 17.7 minutes per game
What we learned: If his role in the exhibition season is any indication, Williams will have to find ways to be a more effective rebounder in limited minutes. He hasn't had trouble finding ways to score; his face-up game from 16 feet and in is better than anyone could have expected. As he gets more comfortable using his quickness and length to be effective, his role will likely increase.
--Atlanta Journal and Constitution
October 28, 2007
According to CelticsHub, "Shelden Williams cannot shoot. His numbers are almost shockingly bad. And he really can’t shoot jump shots. Which wouldn’t be a problem, except that Williams plays as if he can shoot jump shots decently."
The Hub goes on to document its claims via statistics. The rub here is that I start out this post with a quote from October 2007. Maybe Shelden's jumper went in the crapper sometime over the last two years. But it appears that at some point in the past he could drain the J. In fact, if you go out to YouTube, his face-up, spot-up J looks pretty ordinary (it goes in without much hint of unorthodoxy). It's his shots in the paint that don't look too pretty. Then again, Leon Powe's side-armer wasn't really a thing of beauty either. Impossible to defend a side-arm shot? You bet.
In any event, don't be totally surprised if Give It to Me, Big Shelden hits a jumper now and again and looks more comfortable than Greg Kite ever did. I also note that Shelden has shot .728 from the charity stripe over his career, which isn't great, but does suggest some familiarity with making a 15-footer.