ESPN’s Jay Williams knows basketball, but that doesn’t exclude him from having bad takes on national television.
Joining First Take Thursday morning, Williams was breaking down Golden State Warriors draft pick James Wiseman and compared him to retired center Andrew Bogut. In doing so, he oddly touted Bogut as a good shooter. The problem is, Bogut played 14 seasons in the NBA, which gave all of us plenty of time to learn he was a really bad shooter.
Stephen A. Smith rightfully called Williams out for the incorrect take, even saying the last time Bogut hit a jumper J-Will still had hair and his own hairline hadn’t yet receded.
Williams didn’t concede and even went so far as to say Bogut’s perimeter shooting was a threat that helped the Warriors during his time in Golden State. But in his five seasons with the Warriors, Bogut made two three-pointers.
Smith has similarly had his share of blunders and bad sports takes. Last year he asked ESPN MLB Insider Jeff Passan about pressure being on Mike Scioscia to win, forgetting that he was no longer managing the Los Angeles Angels. He previously offered the odd opinion of Dwayne Haskins being “more of a runner than a thrower.” And when previewing a Chargers-Chiefs Thursday Night Football matchup in 2018, Smith highlighted two key players, but neither were active for the participating teams during that season.
Smith might be the most recognizable face on ESPN, while Williams stardom is still growing with the network. Williams is on TV and radio, he covered the NBA Draft and joined studio shows, sometimes ESPN might spread their talent too thin. Everyone makes mistakes, but factually inaccurate opinions like Bogut being a good perimeter shooter or Dwayne Haskins being too much of a running quarterback, can cause talent to lose credibility with their audience.