Buck Williams

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Buck Williams
No. 52
Power forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1960-03-08) March 8, 1960 (age 54)
Rocky Mount, North Carolina
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school Rocky Mount
(Rocky Mount, North Carolina)
College Maryland (1978–1981)
NBA draft 1981 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall
Selected by the New Jersey Nets
Pro playing career 1981–1999
Career history
19811989 New Jersey Nets
19891996 Portland Trail Blazers
19961999 New York Knicks
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 16,784 (12.8 ppg)
Rebounds 13,017 (10.0 rpg)
Blocks 1,100 (0.8 bpg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Charles Linwood "Buck" Williams (born March 8, 1960) is a retired American professional basketball player and former assistant coach for the Portland Trail Blazers. He was well known for his rebounding ability and trademark goggles.

Williams, a 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) forward born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, ranks 15th all-time in NBA career rebounds.[1] His 17-year NBA career was highlighted by three All-Star Game appearances, a Rookie of the Year award, an All-Rookie team selection, an All-NBA second team selection and four selections to the first and second NBA All-Defensive teams. As of 2013, he is still the Nets' all-time leader in points (10,440), total rebounds (7,576), games played (635), turnovers (1811), rebounds per game (11.9), and free throws made (2,476).[2]

College[edit]

Williams attended Rocky Mount High School (then called Rocky Mount Senior High) in Rocky Mount before going off to play collegiately at the University of Maryland. Williams had immediate success at Maryland, capturing the ACC Rookie of the Year Award in 1979. He led the ACC in rebounding twice (1979 and 1981), while averaging 15.5 points per game in his sophomore and junior years. He earned All-ACC honors in 1980 and 1981. National recognition of his performances came when he was selected to the 1980 USA Olympic basketball team, alongside such players as later two-time NBA champions Isiah Thomas and Mark Aguirre; he, however, never got to represent the national colors in Moscow due to the United States' boycott. In 2002, Williams was one of eight former Maryland players to be named to the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team.[3] In 2001, he became a member of the University of Maryland’s Athletic Hall of Fame.[4]

New Jersey years: 1981-1989[edit]

After three years at Maryland, Williams decided to leave for the NBA. The New Jersey Nets selected him third overall in the 1981 NBA Draft, behind Olympic teammates Aguirre and Thomas. In his first season with the Nets, he averaged 15.5 points and led the team with 12.3 rebounds per game, helping New Jersey win 20 more games (a 44-38 win-loss record) than the previous year and earning 1982 Rookie of the Year honors. Williams established himself as a premier player at the power forward position over the next eight seasons with the Nets; in six of those he was ranked among the best three rebounders in the league, never averaging less than twelve rebounds per game. This period (1984) featured the Nets' best playoff effort since the ABA-NBA merger in 1976 - their first second-round appearance, where they lost to the Milwaukee Bucks; not until 2002 did the Nets get past the first round of the playoffs again.

Portland years: 1989-1996[edit]

On June 24, 1989, the Nets traded Williams to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Sam Bowie and a draft pick. In Portland, Williams would continue his solid play and take a complementary frontcourt role to established guard duo of Clyde Drexler and Terry Porter. The Blazers' post-season campaigns ended in the first round four consecutive years prior to 1990; contrastingly, Wiliams' first three seasons with the Blazers were marked by three Western Conference Finals appearances and two NBA Finals. In 1990 the Blazers succumbed to the powerhouse Detroit Pistons in five games, while in 1992 they fell to the Chicago Bulls in six. Williams was regularly in the starting lineup for the first six of his seven seasons with the Blazers. He remains the franchise leader in field goal percentage (55.0%).[citation needed]

Later playing career[edit]

In the twilight of his career, after the 1995-96 season, Williams moved back to the Atlantic Division, signing with the New York Knicks, where he played in a much more limited capacity, behind the frontcourt duo of Patrick Ewing and Charles Oakley. He spent two years with the Knicks, but was forced to miss 41 games during 1997-98 season due to knee surgery (the first time in his career he missed more than 12 games in a season). Williams announced his retirement on January 27, 1999, holding career averages of 12.8 points and ten rebounds per game and a field goal average of 54.9 percent. During the course of his 17 year NBA career, Williams racked up more than 16,000 points and 13,000 rebounds — one of only seven NBA players to ever reach both marks.[citation needed]

NBA career statistics[edit]

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
Led the league

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1981–82 New Jersey 82 82 34.5 .582 .000 .624 12.3 1.3 1.0 1.0 15.5
1982–83 New Jersey 82 82 36.1 .588 .000 .620 12.5 1.5 1.1 1.3 17.0
1983–84 New Jersey 81 81 37.1 .535 .000 .570 12.3 1.6 1.0 1.5 15.7
1984–85 New Jersey 82 82 38.8 .530 .250 .625 12.3 2.0 .8 1.3 18.2
1985–86 New Jersey 82 82 37.4 .523 .000 .676 12.0 1.6 .9 1.2 15.9
1986–87 New Jersey 82 82 36.3 .557 .000 .731 12.5 1.6 1.0 1.1 18.0
1987–88 New Jersey 70 70 37.7 .560 1.000 .668 11.9 1.6 1.0 .6 18.3
1988–89 New Jersey 74 72 33.1 .531 .000 .666 9.4 1.1 .8 .5 13.0
1989–90 Portland 82 82 34.2 .548 .000 .706 9.8 1.4 .8 .5 13.6
1990–91 Portland 80 80 32.3 .602 .705 9.4 1.2 .6 .6 11.7
1991–92 Portland 80 80 31.5 .604 .000 .754 8.8 1.4 .8 .5 11.3
1992–93 Portland 82 82 30.5 .511 .000 .645 8.4 .9 1.0 .7 8.3
1993–94 Portland 81 81 32.5 .555 .000 .679 10.4 1.0 .7 .6 9.7
1994–95 Portland 82 82 29.5 .512 .500 .673 8.2 1.0 .8 .8 9.2
1995–96 Portland 70 10 23.9 .500 .667 .668 5.8 .6 .6 .7 7.3
1996–97 New York 74 4 20.2 .537 .000 .642 5.4 .7 .5 .5 6.3
1997–98 New York 41 6 18.0 .503 732 4.5 .5 .4 .4 4.9
Career 1307 1140 32.5 .549 .167 .664 10.0 1.3 .8 .8 12.8
All-Star 3 0 20.3 .526 .455 8.0 2.0 .3 .7 8.3

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1982 New Jersey 2 39.5 .538 .467 10.5 1.5 .5 1.0 17.5
1983 New Jersey 2 42.5 .500 .800 11.5 2.0 1.0 1.0 19.0
1984 New Jersey 11 43.0 .485 .556 14.1 1.5 1.5 1.5 15.5
1985 New Jersey 3 41.0 .650 .733 10.7 .3 1.0 1.7 24.7
1986 New Jersey 3 42.0 .724 .769 10.3 .7 2.0 .3 20.7
1990 Portland 21 37.0 .508 .676 9.2 1.9 .6 .3 13.0
1991 Portland 16 16 37.0 .500 .603 8.9 .9 .6 .3 10.3
1992 Portland 21 21 36.1 .508 .758 8.5 1.0 1.3 .8 9.6
1993 Portland 4 4 36.1 .478 .684 7.3 .3 .3 .8 8.8
1994 Portland 4 4 36.1 .679 .867 8.8 .5 1.0 .5 12.8
1995 Portland 3 3 36.1 .600 .636 6.3 .3 1.3 .7 8.3
1996 Portland 5 1 26.6 .391 .500 .714 5.0 .2 .2 .8 4.8
1997 New York 10 1 19.3 .486 .529 4.0 .6 .3 .4 4.3
1998 New York 3 0 15.0 .444 .750 5.3 .3 .0 .3 4.7
Career 108 34.4 .520 .500 .672 8.7 1.0 .8 .6 11.2

After basketball[edit]

Williams served as the president of the NBA Players Association from 1994 to 1997. The Nets retired his #52 jersey in April 1999.[5] In 2006 he was named as an inductee into the Rocky Mount Twin County Hall of Fame.[6]

Currently, Buck Williams has a construction company and is involved in several charities including Global Giving where he competes with other athletes around the country to raise money for local causes.

Coaching career[edit]

In July 2010, Williams was hired by Nate McMillan as an assistant coach for the Portland Trail Blazers.[7]

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

  • ACC Rookie of the Year: 1979
  • ACC All-ACC (2nd team): 1980, 1981
  • USA Olympic Team: 1980
  • NBA All-Star: 1982, 1983, 1986
  • NBA All-NBA (2nd team): 1983
  • NBA Rookie of the Year: 1982
  • NBA All-Rookie (1st team): 1982
  • NBA All-Defense (1st team): 1990, 1991
  • NBA All-Defense (2nd team): 1988, 1992
  • NBA Field Goal Percentage leader: 1991 (60.2%), 1992 (60.4%)
  • NBA Minutes Played leader: 1985 (3182)
  • NBA Offensive Rebounds (total) leader: 1984 (355)
  • NBA Games Played leader: 1985 (82), 1987 (82), 1990 (82), 1995 (82)
  • 11th all-time in games played: 1,307

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