Eric Williams (basketball, born 1972)

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Eric Williams
No. 55, 32, 17
Small forward
Personal information
Born (1972-07-17) July 17, 1972 (age 42)
Newark, New Jersey
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Malcolm X Shabazz
(Newark, New Jersey)
College Vincennes (1991–1993)
Providence (1993–1995)
NBA draft 1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Pro playing career 1995–2007
Career history
19951997 Boston Celtics
19971999 Denver Nuggets
19992003 Boston Celtics
2003–2004 Cleveland Cavaliers
2004 New Jersey Nets
2004–2006 Toronto Raptors
2006–2007 San Antonio Spurs
2007 Charlotte Bobcats
Career NBA statistics
Points 5,642 (8.6 ppg)
Rebounds 2,139 (3.3 rpg)
Assists 936 (1.4 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Eric C. Williams (born July 17, 1972) is an American former professional basketball player who, until 2007, had played in the National Basketball Association.

Career[edit]

Following a collegiate career which began at Burlington County College in New Jersey, then Vincennes University in Indiana, followed by Providence College in Rhode Island,[1] the 6' 8" small forward was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 14th pick in the 1995 NBA Draft. He played two years with them before being traded to the Denver Nuggets during the 1997 offseason for a couple of second round draft picks. The Nuggets only got four games out of Williams during the 1997-98 campaign due to him tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The following season he returned, but only played in 38 of 82 regular season games with Denver before they repatriated him back to Boston along with Danny Fortson and Eric Washington plus a future draft pick in exchange for Ron Mercer, Ronald "Popeye" Jones, and Dwayne Schintzius. His second tenure with the Celtics lasted over four seasons until they traded him to the Cleveland Cavaliers along with Tony Battie and Kedrick Brown in a swap for Ricky Davis, Chris Mihm, Michael Stewart, and a second round draft pick on December 15, 2003. He became a free agent after 50 games with the Cavaliers, and signed with the New Jersey Nets prior to the 2004-05 season. Williams was soon part of a blockbuster player trade when the Nets sent him, Aaron Williams, Alonzo Mourning and two future first-round draft picks to the Toronto Raptors for franchise player Vince Carter.

In 2005, Williams decided to launch his own line of clothing honoring the fictional Negro Basketball League.[2]

On June 21, 2006, Williams was traded with Matt Bonner and a second round pick in the 2009 NBA Draft to San Antonio for Rasho Nesterovič and cash.[3]

On February 13, 2007 he was traded along with the 2nd round pick in the 2009 NBA Draft that the Spurs got from the Raptors to the Charlotte Bobcats for Melvin Ely. On March 16, Williams was waived by the Bobcats to make room for Alan Anderson.[4]

He holds career averages of 8.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.[5]

Life outside of basketball[edit]

Williams was married to Jennifer Williams, and appeared in multiple episodes of the reality TV show Basketball Wives, which she starred in from seasons 1-4. While the first two seasons documented the breakdown of their marriage, season three culminated in Jennifer's decision to file for divorce. As of season four, it had yet to be finalized. Eric appears in the 2013 film The Caribbean Heist.[6]

In April 2014, TMZ reported that Williams, who earned nearly $40 million in salary during his 12-year NBA career, is now broke and homeless. He currently owes more than $24,000 in unpaid support to the mother of his 13-year-old son -- and says his financial situation is so dire, he can't afford airfare and has no money to pay a lawyer.[7]

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