According to Williams, he's never been given a role on a team - even going back to college. He's been seen as a combo guard or maybe a shooting guard, but until Doc Rivers, he's never been told that he's a point guard. So perhaps that's just the kind of defined role that he's needed all along.
"I've been hard on the role with (Williams) every day. I tell him exactly who he is, exactly what he should do, and maybe we're doing a better job of defining the role," Rivers said. "And I think that's important with all our players. We do that with all our players. And he enjoys that, which is nice. He wants to be told exactly, and then go out and play in that framework."
He's responded fairly well for a guy that was playing in China a month or so ago. He's still got lottery talent, but he's one of those guys that fell out of the league. And now that he's found his way back in, he's working as hard as he can to stay here.
Last October the Detroit Pistons, now coached by Frank, invited Williams to training camp. Frank hadn't forgot what he saw in Williams' rookie year earlier and wanted to give him another chance to make an NBA squad. "He's got a great heart, very very bright, an easy guy to root for," said Frank. "He was our last cut. I love Terrence. He’s a very, very talented guy. … It's not that Terrence doesn't have NBA talent -- he does. It’s just continuing to work every single day and understand now where you’re on the outside looking in, all the extra stuff that you have to do. You’re no longer the lottery pick. You’re now a fallen angel and you’ve got to keep on working to get back in the good graces of the league."
Do check out all of Jessica Camerato's article at the link above. This kid seems like he's going in the right direction and I'm hoping that he's finally found the place where he can shine.