Kelly Williams

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Kelly Williams
No. 21 – Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters
Position Forward
League PBA
Personal information
Born (1982-02-07) February 7, 1982 (age 32)
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality Filipino
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school Martin Luther King
(Detroit, Michigan)
College Oakland (2000–2004)
PBA draft 2006 Round: 1st / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Sta. Lucia Realtors
Pro career 2006–present
Career history
2006–2010 Sta. Lucia Realtors
2010–present Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters
Career highlights and awards

Kelly Williams (born February 7, 1982) is a Filipino-American professional basketball player currently playing for the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters in the Philippine Basketball Association.[1] Williams, a former PBA Most Valuable Player, played collegiate basketball at Oakland University, an NCAA Division I school in the United States, and he represents the Philippines in international competitions.

Early life[edit]

Williams was born in Detroit, Michigan to an American father and a Filipina mother. He attended Martin Luther King High School where he earned four varsity letters in basketball under head coach Benny White in the Detroit PSL basketball league. He was elected the team's co-captain in 2000, the same year that he led the Crusaders to the state semi-finals. Williams is a two-time all-league honoree.

As a senior, Williams was named an all-district and all-state player as he averaged 35 points, 14 rebounds, four blocks, three steals, and two assists per contest.[2] During that time, the Crusaders were ranked in the state as high as number one, and was only defeated in the semi-final round of the state championships.

Williams completed high school in 2000. During his four years, Martin Luther King had a 68–16 win-loss record.

Collegiate career[edit]

Kelly Williams attended Oakland University for four years, with the highlight of his career coming in his freshman year when the Grizzlies upset the University of Michigan.

  • 2000–2001: Williams scored 18 points in Oakland's upset of Michigan on November 17, 2000. As a rookie, he ranked among the team leaders in scoring (6th), rebounding (1st), assists (4th) and steals (3rd).[3]
  • 2001–2002: Williams played in every game for the Golden Grizzlies as a sophomore.
  • 2002–2003: Williams played in every game for a third straight year for OU in 2002–2003, finishing third on the squad in rebounding.
  • 2003–2004: Williams had a solid senior season, ranking among the team leaders in scoring (4th), rebounding (3rd), assists (4th) and steals (4th).[4]

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

[3][4][5][6]

Year Team GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2000-01 Oakland University 28 26.0 .341 .321 .678 5.70 1.71 0.85 .46 5.6
2001-02 Oakland University 30 20.1 .385 .191 .645 4.00 0.73 1.8 .16 3.6
2002-03 Oakland University 28 22.3 .370 .283 .645 4.40 1.10 0.82 .17 3.8
2003-04 Oakland University 30 27.0 .352 .320 .813 3.80 2.23 1.16 .23 5.7

Amateur career[edit]

In 2004, Williams was spotted by then Philippine National Team head coach Chot Reyes after the latter was amazed with the former's work ethic and stellar play. Reyes invited Williams to try out for the Philippine Team and the high-flying forward did not hesitate, ensuing his arrival at the local basketball scene.

After displaying superb skills in exhibition games with the Philippine Team, he caught the attention of Filipino basketball aficionados, awarding him the title as the next big thing in Philippine basketball. Hence, he did not disappoint as he averaged 17.1 points and 12.8 rebounds during his stint with the Philippine Basketball League's (PBL) Magnolia.[7]

Professional career[edit]

When the Realtors took the first overall draft right in 2006, they did not hesitate to pick Kelly Williams over two-time UAAP MVP Arwind Santos, who was later picked second overall by the Air21 Express. During his rookie season, he normed averages of 17.3 points and 9.6 rebounds earning him the Rookie of the Year award, making him the second Realtor to do so after Jun Limpot in 1993. In his sophomore year, he improved his game immensely, helping his team win their second championship overall and grabbing the league's Most Valuable Player award along the way.

In 2008, he was again named into the RP Training Pool under Coach Yeng Guiao.

In 2009, during the All-Star Week, Williams was diagnosed of thrombocytopenia and was out for the remaining games of the entire conference. With his absence, his team did not last long and was eliminated by the Burger King Whoopers. He was also cut from the training pool for the national team because of his illness.

In 2010, Williams, along with team mates Ryan Reyes and Charles Walters, was traded to the Talk N Text Phone Pals for Ali Peek, Nic Belasco, Yousif Aljamal, and Ogie Menor. The deal was brought about by Sta. Lucia's financial problems.

In 2011, Williams suited up and was the starting power forward for the Smart Gilas national basketball team, the national team of the Philippines who finished 4th in the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship.

Illness[edit]

Kelly Williams was out indefinitely for the rest of the 2013-13 season due to a recurring illness.

The 2008 PBA Most Valuable Player is suffering from idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, the same illness that caused him to miss a significant chunk of the 2008-09 season when he was still part of the Sta. Lucia Realtors.[8]

He has since returned from his indefinite leave after he discovered an alternative medication.

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

Correct as of September 7, 2013[9]

Year Team GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006-07 Sta. Lucia 45 39.2 .378 .312 .657 9.6 1.7 1.2 .5 17.3
2007-08 Sta. Lucia 53 40.5 .379 .289 .599 10.7 1.7 .9 .6 18.2
2008-09 Sta. Lucia 35 39.7 .332 .218 .622 10.2 2.5 1.0 .5 14.1
2009-10 SLR/TNT 44 34.4 .369 .189 .557 10.6 2.2 1.3 .6 14.1
2010-11 Talk 'N Text 63 26.9 .466 .353 .475 7.2 1.2 .9 .5 9.5
2011-12 Talk 'N Text 58 24.1 .407 .234 .556 6.7 1.2 .6 .6 9.0
2012-13 Talk 'N Text 34 27.2 .415 .227 .667 7.6 .8 .7 .3 9.3
Career 332 32.7 .388 .265 .583 8.8 1.6 .9 .5 12.9

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Official website

Preceded by
Willie Miller
PBA Most Valuable Player
2007-08
Succeeded by
Jayjay Helterbrand
Preceded by
Mark Caguioa
PBA Philippine Cup Best Player Award
2007-08
Succeeded by
Willie Miller