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John Williams (basketball, born 1966)

John Williams
Personal information
Born (1966-10-26) October 26, 1966
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school Crenshaw (Los Angeles, California)
College LSU (1984–1986)
NBA draft 1986 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Washington Bullets
Pro career 1986–2002
Position Power forward / Center
Number 34, 24
Career history
19861991 Washington Bullets
19921994 Los Angeles Clippers
1994–1995 Indiana Pacers
1997–1998 Covirán Granada (Spain)
1998–1999 TDK Manresa (Spain)
2000–2002 Fórum Filatélico (Spain)
2002 Lucéntum Alicante (Spain)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 4,406 (10.1 ppg)
Rebounds 2,201 (5.1 rpg)
Assists 1,262 (2.9 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

John Sam Williams (born October 26, 1966) is a retired American basketball player. Williams played collegiately for LSU, and was drafted into the National Basketball Association by the Washington Bullets in 1986 with the 12th overall pick.

His girth earned him the nickname "Hot Plate" Williams, in part to help distinguish him from John "Hot Rod" Williams of the Phoenix Suns who likewise played college basketball in Louisiana (at Tulane University) and who also entered the NBA in 1986.

Despite his size, Williams was a highly skilled basketball player. He was in particular an exceptionally good passer, and averaged over 4 assists per game in 3 separate seasons, an excellent average for a player his size. He was frequently used as a point forward, handling the ball and conducting the offense.

As a rookie, Williams averaged just under ten points and five rebounds per game for the Bullets. He improved significantly his second season, and started 37 of 82 games. The 1988-89 NBA season, his third, was clearly his best, as he achieved career-high season totals in almost every statistical category, despite coming off the bench in all but one game.

Williams' productivity declined in the five injury-plagued seasons that followed. He missed more than half of four of those five seasons due to various injuries, which, though not necessarily caused by his weight, were certainly aggravated by it. His eight-year NBA career included five seasons with the Bullets, two with the Los Angeles Clippers, and one (his final season) with the Indiana Pacers. He left the NBA in 1995, but played yet for some years in the ACB league in Spain, with moderate individual success.

External links

  • John Williams at Basketball-Reference.com
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