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Jason Williams
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Orlando Magic  – No. 44
Point guard
Born November 18, 1975 (1975-11-18) (age 34)
Belle, West Virginia, USA
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
League NBA
College Marshall
Florida
Draft 7th overall, 1998
Sacramento Kings
Pro career 1998–present
Former teams Sacramento Kings (1998–2001)
Memphis Grizzlies (2001–2005)
Miami Heat (2005–2008)
Awards 1998–99 NBA All-Rookie First Team

1× NBA champion (2006)

Profile Info Page

Jason Chandler Williams (born November 18, 1975) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Orlando Magic. He started his NBA career in 1998, and retired after ten years in September 2008. He returned from retirement on August 19, 2009 and signed with the Orlando Magic.

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College

Originally committing to Providence College during high school, Williams changed his college choice to Marshall University after PC coach Rick Barnes left for Clemson.

After redshirting his first season, he averaged 13.4 ppg and 6.4 apg in his freshman year (1995–96) at Marshall University.

When coach Billy Donovan accepted the head coaching position at the University of Florida in the summer of 1996, Williams followed him, playing as the starting point guard during the 1997–98 season. He averaged 17.1 points per game as well as 6.7 assists per game. Williams set a University of Florida record with 17 assists in a December 3, 1997 game against Duquesne. Later that season, the University of Florida permanently suspended Williams for drug use after three previous suspensions. When asked what he liked most about his time in college, Williams replied, "I cherished getting kicked out of school."[1]

NBA career

Following his suspension by the University of Florida, Williams decided to make himself eligible for the NBA Draft. He was the seventh overall selection in the 1998 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings.

In his rookie year, the Kings, with a roster that included newcomers Williams, Chris Webber, Vlade Divac, and Peja Stojaković, turned into a playoff contender. That year, Williams' number 55 jersey was among the top five sellers of all NBA players[2].

On July 20, 2000, Williams was suspended for the first five games of the 2000–01 NBA season for failure to comply with his treatment obligations under the NBA's anti-drug program. The NBA does not release details of violations of the anti-drug program.[3]

In 2001, the Sacramento Kings traded Williams to the Vancouver Grizzlies for Mike Bibby. (The team relocated to Memphis, Tennessee). With head coach Sidney Lowe, the team improved insignificantly. In 2002, General Manager Jerry West hired Hubie Brown out of retirement to coach the team. The team improved by a franchise record 28 wins in Brown's first season.

On August 2, 2005, Williams and teammate James Posey were two of thirteen players involved in the biggest trade in league history that saw them being dealt to the Miami Heat in exchange for shooting guard Eddie Jones.

Williams started at point guard for the Heat in the 2005–06 campaign. A knee injury caused him to miss some games. In the Game 6 of the Eastern Finals against the Detroit Pistons, Williams scored 21 points on 10 of 11 shooting in the series clinching game. Williams won his first NBA championship on June 20, 2006 when the Heat beat the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals. During the finals, Williams averaged 12 points and 5 assists.

In the 2006–07 season, Jason was limited to 61 games, of those 55 he started. He averaged 10.9 points and 5.3 assists, which didn't meet his career averages of 11.7 and 6.5. His play dropped dramatically in the postseason, averaging 5.8 ppg and 3.5 assists per game. His struggles contributed to the Heat being swept by the Bulls in 4 games in the very first round of the playoffs.

Williams was named to the Top 25 HEAT Players of All-Time in 2007.

In the 2007–08 season, Williams played 67 games while averaging 8.8 points and 4.6 assists per game. He shot 38% from the field, 87% from the line, 35% from beyond the arc, and averaged 1.3 steals per game. His best month was March where he averaged 13.7 points and 5.1 assists while shooting 43% from beyond the arc and 42% from the field. Also in March, he had 34 points vs Orlando, connecting on 5 threes. He had 2 double doubles: one against Phoenix and one against the Bucks. Both were 21 point, 10 assist performances.

In the summer of 2008, Williams reached an agreement with the Los Angeles Clippers on what was believed to be one-year deal. However, on September 26, 2008 Williams announced his retirement from the NBA after 10 years.[4]

On August 19, 2009, Williams signed with the Orlando Magic.[5]

Career transactions

Player profile

Early in his career, Williams built a reputation for an unorthodox, "street" style of play. He became a regular on SportsCenter for his spectacular passes and dazzling assists. He regularly attempted, and mostly completed passes such as behind-the back, no-look and half-court. Popular user-generated video Internet sites contain many "home-made" highlight videos dedicated solely to William's highlights. He was also known for taking spectacular three-point shots that drove home-audiences wild. With his risky play, he at times was turnover-prone: in his second and fourth years, he peaked at over 3.5 per game. His playing style led Williams to be benched during crucial periods of some games. For example, in the 2000 NBA Playoffs, Williams sat out most of the fourth quarter in all five games against the Lakers.

In his later years with Memphis and Miami, he has significantly tamed his extravagant playing style (in the last three seasons, he has never averaged more than 1.89 turnovers per game) and has consistently achieved one of the highest assists per turnover ratios in the NBA. Williams retired with career averages of 11.7 points and 6.5 assists per game.

In the Rookie Challenge of the NBA All-Star Weekend in 2000, Williams made a seemingly impossible behind-his-back pass off the elbow on a full sprint to Raef LaFrentz. "I did it so you all wouldn't ask me to ever do it again," Williams said.[9]

Nickname

Williams' nickname was "White Chocolate." The nickname was started in Williams' rookie year by Stephanie Shepard, a media relations assistant with the Sacramento Kings. "I came up with that name because of his style," Shepard, who is black, said. "He has flash and pizazz. The way he does things with the ball is incredible to me. It reminds me of, like, schoolyard street ball when I go to Chicago."[2]

He also went by the nicknames "J-Will" and "J-Dub", and has "White Boy" tattooed on his knuckles.

Personal life

Despite his NBA success, Jason Williams prefers to stay out of the spotlight and lives a low-key lifestyle, spending time with his family. Williams married Denika Kisty and they have three children, Jaxon and Mia and a new baby. He also enjoys playing PlayStation 3 and listening to hip hop music in his free time.[10]

Williams is a close friend of former Miami Heat teammate and center Shaquille O'Neal, who is now a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, being neighbors in Orlando for three years. "I was the one who helped broker the deal this summer," O'Neal said (in 2005) of the five-team, 13-player trade that brought Williams to Miami. "He wanted to play with me and I wanted to play with a guard who loves to pass and I think it'll be a good combination for myself and (guard) Dwyane Wade."[11]

Williams also has a number of tattoos, which include a panther on his right arm, a dragon on his left arm (which was redone in the 2007–2008 season), an eye on his chest on which he said, "It's why I pass so good, I have a 3rd eye". Just before the 1999–2000 season, he had a Japanese script which meant "insane" on his arm. When he was in Japan for the first two games of the 2000 season it was covered with a wristband because it apparently had another meaning which was deemed inappropriate. In the 2000–2001 season, he had a wolf holding a basketball, on his arm and "WHITE BOY" tattooed across his knuckles. He also has his children's names on his forearms.[12]

Williams played on the same high school basketball team as Randy Moss.[13]

Controversy

In the Lakers' film room before the 2000 playoffs, Phil Jackson displayed images of Edward Norton's character from the movie American History X, who has a bald head and a tattoo of a swastika, alternating with photos with Williams. Jackson then displayed pictures of Adolf Hitler alternately appearing with Sacramento coach Rick Adelman. When Adelman learned of this, he openly questioned Jackson's motivational techniques saying Jackson had "crossed the line".[14]

On February 28, 2001, Williams, while playing for the Sacramento Kings, shouted racist and homophobic slurs to Michael Ching, a Golden State Warriors season ticket holder, and to several other Asian Americans seated beside Ching during a Warriors game at the Oakland Arena. As recounted by a letter Ching sent to NBA commissioner David Stern, Williams retaliated against heckling made by Ching and his party midway through the first half.[15]

The NBA eventually levied a $15,000 fine on Jason Williams for cursing at fans. Nike decided to change a planned advertising campaign featuring Williams as a result of his actions as well.[16] Williams has since apologized for the incident.[17] Williams, however, later commented sarcastically that it was okay that others could get personal with him but sincerely hoped to learn from the incident, and it is not completely known as to what provoked Williams.

On November 29, 2000, the NBA again fined Williams. This time, he was fined $10,000 for comments to a fan at the Alamodome in San Antonio.[17]

On being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, Williams stated, "We suck. Face the facts, we're not a good team at all. We're the worst team in the league to me", to the media. He was fined by the organization for "comments deterimental to the team" on January 8, 2002.[18]

However, the Grizzlies won 3 straight games after the incident and Coach Sidney Lowe said, "It's his way of challenging people." Williams also later explained his comments, "When I said 'we suck', y'know, I'm part of that, and we did suck at the time. But now I think we're a better team and we've grown." Grizzlies General Manager Dick Versace also commented, "He doesn't give you the answer that you want to hear, he gives you the answer that he thinks is the truth for him."

After Memphis was swept by Phoenix in the 2005 NBA Playoffs, Williams was involved in an altercation with Geoff Calkins, a columnist for The Commercial Appeal. Williams screamed in his ear and took his pen away from Calkins. Calkins had previously quoted Williams as saying he was not disappointed but, "I'm happy. I go home and see my kids and my wife and I'm OK. All of this shit is secondary to me."[19]

Calkins alleged that Williams didn't care about winning basketball games and was critical of the Grizzlies' lackadaisical play. Williams was fined $10,000 for the incident on May 4, 2005.[18] Williams maintained that the allegations were out of context especially after Williams had delivered spectacular performances during the series, despite the Grizzlies' loss.

Social and charitable work

In 2003, Jason Williams, when he was playing for the Memphis Grizzlies, along with Dr. Bob Wallace of the UT Medical Group founded the We Will Foundation, a charitable foundation to benefit children facing treatment for craniofacial deformities.[20]

Williams was also a frequent visitor to St. Jude Children's Hospital when he was at Memphis. "I started going over not long after I got here," said Williams, who has always said he likes to be around kids. "I go see them when I can, and it's great to see their faces light up!"[21]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1998–99 Sacramento 50 50 36.1 .374 .310 .752 3.1 6.0 1.9 .0 12.8
1999–00 Sacramento 81 81 34.1 .373 .287 .753 2.8 7.3 1.4 .1 12.3
2000–01 Sacramento 77 77 29.7 .407 .315 .789 2.4 5.4 1.2 .1 9.4
2001–02 Memphis 65 65 34.4 .382 .295 .792 3.0 8.0 1.7 .1 14.8
2002–03 Memphis 76 76 31.7 .388 .354 .840 2.8 8.3 1.2 .1 12.1
2003–04 Memphis 72 68 29.4 .407 .330 .837 2.0 6.8 1.3 .1 10.9
2004–05 Memphis 71 68 27.5 .413 .324 .792 1.7 5.6 1.1 .1 10.1
2005–06 Miami 59 56 31.8 .442 .372 .867 2.4 4.9 .9 .1 12.3
2006–07 Miami 61 55 30.6 .413 .339 .913 2.3 5.3 .9 .0 10.9
2007–08 Miami 67 53 28.1 .384 .353 .863 1.9 4.6 1.2 .1 8.8
Career 679 649 31.2 .396 .325 .816 2.4 6.3 1.3 .0 11.4

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1998–99 Sacramento 5 5 32.6 .356 .310 1.000 3.6 4.0 1.6 .2 10.0
1999–00 Sacramento 5 5 29.0 .375 .320 .800 1.6 2.4 .6 .0 10.4
2000–01 Sacramento 8 8 23.9 .426 .367 1.000 2.3 2.9 1.0 .0 8.8
2003–04 Memphis 4 4 32.5 .326 .286 1.000 2.3 4.5 .5 .0 10.8
2004–05 Memphis 4 4 28.5 .528 .476 1.000 2.3 5.3 1.5 .0 17.0
2005–06 Miami 23 23 29.8 .405 .274 .844 2.0 3.9 .6 .0 9.3
2006–07 Miami 4 4 28.0 .250 .294 .800 2.0 3.5 1.2 .2 5.8
Career 53 53 29.1 .397 .315 .882 2.2 3.7 .9 .0 9.8

Notes

  1. ^ J-Dubious, Alligator Sports
  2. ^ a b "His Game, and Name, Create Stir; Jason (White Chocolate) Williams Sets Off Debate on Stereotypes". NY Times. 1999-04-27. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C01E3D8173DF934A15757C0A96F958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all. Retrieved 2009-01-05.  
  3. ^ Kings' Williams Is Suspended. Associated Press. The New York Times, 21 July 2000.
  4. ^ "[1]"
  5. ^ "Magic Sign Free Agent Jason Williams". NBA.com. 2009-08-19. http://www.nba.com/magic/news/sign_williams_081909.html. Retrieved 2009-08-29.  
  6. ^ Heat Acquire Antoine Walker, Jason Williams & James Posey
  7. ^ Clippers Sign Free Agent Guard Jason Williams
  8. ^ Clippers Guard Jason Williams Announces Retirement After 10 Year NBA Career
  9. ^ Rookies outlast sophs in OT
  10. ^ Miami Heat Roster
  11. ^ Perkins, Chris Not Apologetic, Just Himself, Palm Beach Post, 10 October 2005
  12. ^ Jason Williams Tattoos
  13. ^ http://www.nba.com/playerfile/jason_williams/bio.html
  14. ^ Fry, Darrell. "Veterans keeping Pacers in contention", St. Petersburg Times, 18 June 2000.
  15. ^ Weinstein, Brad. "Williams Accused Of Slurs", San Francisco Chronicle, 16 March 2001.
  16. ^ Callanan, Neil. "Nike jumps as white star falls from grace", The Sunday Business Post, 29 April 2001.
  17. ^ a b "Williams Says Sorry for Racist Slurs", Associated Press. AsianWeek, 5 April 2001.
  18. ^ a b NBA Fines and Suspensions
  19. ^ Memphis guard angry over column, Associated Press, 2 May 2005.
  20. ^ Darr, Jimmy Inaugural Golf Tournament to benefit Newly Formed We Will Foundation MSGM
  21. ^ Dixon, Oscar On the record: Williams grows into a Grizzlies veteran, USA Today

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