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Marcus Williams signed with "Loko”19.08.2013

Ex-defender of “Unicaja”, point guard Marcus Williams signed a contract with the PBK “Lokomotiv-Kuban” on “1+1” scheme. Williams will replace the playmaker Nick Calathes, who earlier made the decision to play in NBA. The 27 years old American defender is expected to join the rest of the team at the general training camp.
Marcus Williams is one of the players that can show off with the basketball experience gained in different parts of the world. 

 After playing for “Connecticut” in NCAA, the defender was selected on 2006 draft by “New Jersey Jets”, where he spent two brilliant seasons. Marcus managed to show up in “Golden State Warriors”, for which he played nine games. However, after that the American got thrown straight to Puerto Rico, where Williams started his overseas career. 

Despite the next season in “Memphis Grizzlies”, the first number did not stay in America for a long time. The 2010-2011 season he started in “Enisey” in Kraskoyarsk and then spent the off-season in UNICS in Kazan. However, instead of Kazan, China became the place of Marcus’ dislocation – he signed the contract with “Jiangsu Dragons”. 

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Despite all that, American player still had the chance to try on the green uniform - however, not UNICS’ but “Unicaja’s”. In SpainWilliams spent the last season and gained valuable experience playing in Euroleague. The 27 years old defender is now ready to use all his experience to help “Loko” to achieve success in both Euroleague and the VTB United League. 

Playing for “Unicaja” during the last season, Williams was on average spending 21 minute on court, scoring 11 points. 

Point Guard 
Hometown: Los-Angeles, California, USA 
Date of birth: 3rd of December, 1985 (27 years old) 
Previous team: “Unicaja Malaga”, Spain 
Height: 197 cm 
Weight: 97 kg 

Evgeny Pashutin, the head coach of the PBC “Lokomotiv-Kuban”: 
- Marcus is a very strong and a versatile contributor who sees the court well. He aims at a large number of passes, assists the rest of the players and has got the characteristics of a leader, which are crucial for the point guard. He combines individuality, ability to play one-on-one with the opponent with the teamwork, ability to see the court and play for his partners. The combination of these qualities is highly rare. I am sure that he will avoid constant comparisons with Nick Calathes – Marcus is also one of the strongest point guards in Europe and has got his own style. Therefore, we are not only speaking about the saving of the playmaker’s position but also about strengthening it. We will become even stronger with him and will be moving towards the success together.
Written by Sergey Lachinov