Justin Williams (basketball)

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Justin Williams
No. 2 – Saigon Heat
Position Power forward / Center
League ASEAN Basketball League
Personal information
Born (1984-05-12) May 12, 1984 (age 30)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school Thornwood (South Holland, Illinois)
College Colby CC (2002–2004)
Wyoming (2004–2006)
NBA draft 2006 / Undrafted
Pro career 2006–present
Career history
2006–2007 Dakota Wizards
20072008 Sacramento Kings
2008 Houston Rockets
2012 Los Angeles D-Fenders
2013 GlobalPort Batang Pier (Philippines)
2013 San Miguel Beermen (Philippines)
2014–present Saigon Heat (Vietnam)
Stats at NBA.com

Justin Williams (born May 12, 1984 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Saigon Heat of the ASEAN Basketball League.

Career[edit]

A 6'10", 260-lb. power forward-center from the University of Wyoming, Williams went undrafted by an NBA team and started to play with the NBA Development League's Dakota Wizards, averaging 12.1 points, 12.3 rebounds and 3.08 blocks in 12 games. He was signed by the Sacramento Kings to a first 10-day contract on January 5, 2007.[1] After the Kings released power forward Maurice Taylor on January 23, Williams was signed for the rest of season after his two 10-day contracts expired.

On February 16, 2008, Williams was waived by Sacramento together with teammate Dahntay Jones to make room for a trade that sent the Kings' veteran point guard Mike Bibby to the Atlanta Hawks. On March 7, he was signed by the Houston Rockets to a 10-day contract.[2] He played in one game for the Rockets.

Williams was brought to Golden State Warriors training camp on September 27, 2008,[3] but he was cut after appearing in two pre-season games.

On October 16, 2008, Williams was signed by the Charlotte Bobcats. But six days later, he was waived again after failing to impress in three pre-season games.[4]

In 2012, Williams signed with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA D-League. He played in one game for the D-Fenders recording just one foul in two minutes of play.

In 2013, he was signed as an import for GlobalPort Batang Pier in the Philippines.[5] He was replaced midseason by Walter Sharpe.[6] He later joined the San Miguel Beermen.[7]

Saigon Heat[edit]

Williams joined Saigon Heat for the 2014 ABL season.

Player profile[edit]

Williams is best known for his shot-blocking and rebounding abilities. While playing for the University of Wyoming in the 2006 Mountain West Conference Tournament on March 11, he recorded a triple-double in a second round game against the University of Utah with 10 points, 15 rebounds, and 12 blocked shots.[8]

Sexual assault case[edit]

On October 17, 2007, Sacramento police searched Williams' home in a northern Sacramento neighborhood. The following day, at a press conference, a police spokesman indicated that they were conducting an ongoing sexual assault investigation, resulting from a young woman's appearance at a local hospital.[9]

Williams, who was traveling with the Sacramento Kings for an exhibition game in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was put on a leave of absence and sent home in order to hire legal counsel.[9] On November 13, 2007, Sacramento District Attorney Jan Scully concluded that Williams would not be charged for anything due to evidence not supporting the filing of any criminal charges in the case.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kings Sign Justin Williams
  2. ^ Rockets sign C Justin Williams
  3. ^ Warriors Sign Justin Williams
  4. ^ Justin Williams is waived by Bobcats[dead link]
  5. ^ Teams gearing up for 2013 PBA Commissioner's Cup
  6. ^ Walter Sharpe moves to Global Port
  7. ^ Williams suits up for Beermen
  8. ^ Wyoming 60, Utah 47
  9. ^ a b Sacramento police search home of Kings player in alleged assault[dead link]
  10. ^ D.A. says Kings' Justin Williams will not be charged in alleged sex assault case

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