February 16, 1958 |
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||242 lb (110 kg)|
|High school||Marion-Franklin (Columbus, Ohio)|
|College||Ohio State (1977–1981)|
|NBA draft||1981 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14th overall|
|Selected by the Indiana Pacers|
|Pro playing career||1981–1999|
|Position||Center / Power forward|
|1992–1996||New York Knicks|
|1996–1999||New York Knicks|
|2003–2005||New York Knicks (assistant)|
|2004, 2005||New York Knicks (interim)|
|2006–2014||New York Knicks (assistant)|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||11,944 (10.8 ppg)|
|Rebounds||6,509 (5.9 rpg)|
|Blocks||1,605 (1.5 bpg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Herbert L. Williams (born February 16, 1958) is a retired American basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for eighteen seasons from 1981 to 1999. Williams served as the interim head coach of the NBA's New York Knicks. He is formerly an assistant coach for the Knicks.
Williams was a four-year starter for the Ohio State Buckeyes, scoring 2,011 points (then a team record) and pulling down 1,111 rebounds (still second in team history only to Jerry Lucas). Williams is the school leader in career field goals made, with 834 in 114 games. He is second all-time in career blocked shots with 328.
Williams was named to the All-Big Ten team as a junior, when Ohio State finished the year with a 21-8 record and advanced to the NCAA regionals. He led the Buckeyes in scoring that year with an average of 17.6 points per game.
Williams was a team co-captain in both his junior and senior years.
Williams was a first-round draft choice of the Indiana Pacers in 1981, where he played from 1982 to 1989 and had his most productive years. He was traded to the Dallas Mavericks after the 1988–1989 season. In 1992, he was signed by the New York Knicks, where he spent seven years backing up perennial All-Star Patrick Ewing. Williams played one game (31 minutes) for the Toronto Raptors in 1996 before being waived and quickly returned to the Knicks. The team made the 1994 and 1999 NBA Finals, with Williams serving as a team leader.
After the 1999 Finals, Williams retired at the age of forty-one after six regular season games and eight playoff games in 1999. Four years later, he returned to the Knicks as an assistant coach. He worked under head coaches Don Chaney and Lenny Wilkens. When Wilkens resigned in 2005, Williams took over as head coach.
On July 26, 2005, Larry Brown was hired as the head coach of the Knicks, thus ending Williams' head coaching tenure. Williams was the acting head coach of the Knicks for the final two games of the 2005–2006 season, when illness kept Larry Brown away from the bench for the final two games of his Knicks career.
After that season, Brown was fired by the Knicks and replaced as head coach by Isiah Thomas. Williams worked as an assistant coach under Thomas and Mike D'Antoni, and continued to be in the coaching staff under Mike Woodson until Phil Jackson fired the entire staff in 2014. He has coached for the Knicks' NBA Summer League team.
- List of National Basketball Association career blocks leaders
- List of NCAA Division I men's basketball players with 2000 points and 1000 rebounds
- BasketballReference.com: Herb Williams (as coach)
- BasketballReference.com: Herb Williams (as player)
- NBA.com coach file: Herb Williams
- NBA player biography of Herb Williams at the Wayback Machine (archived February 11, 2001)