Marcus Williams (basketball player, born 1985)

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Marcus Williams
Estudiantes vs Unicaja Málaga - Marcus Williams - 01.jpg
Free agent
Guard
Personal information
Born (1985-12-03) December 3, 1985 (age 28)
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 222 lb (101 kg)
Career information
High school Oak Hill Academy
(Mouth of Wilson, Virginia)
College Connecticut (2003–2006)
NBA draft 2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22nd overall
Selected by the New Jersey Nets
Pro playing career 2006–present
Career history
2006–2008 New Jersey Nets
2008–2009 Golden State Warriors
2009 Quebradillas Pirates
2009–2010 Memphis Grizzlies
2010–2011 BC Enisey Krasnoyarsk
2011 Unics Kazan
2011–2012 Jiangsu Dragons
2012–2013 Unicaja Málaga
2013–2014 Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
Career highlights and awards
  • Big East Most Improved Player (2005)
  • All-BSN First Team (2009)
  • BSN All-Star (2009)
  • BSN All-Star game MVP (2009)
  • BSN assist leader (2009)
  • BSN Skills Contest Winner (2009)
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Marcus Darrell Williams (born December 3, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who last played for Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar of the VTB United League. In the 2006 NBA Draft, he was the 22nd player selected in the 1st round. Prior to joining the NBA, he played for the University of Connecticut Huskies men's basketball team.

High school and college[edit]

Williams attended and played for Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles for his 9th, 10th, and 11th years, and transferred to Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA) for his 12th year (2002–2003).

During his freshman year at UConn, Williams was suspended for part of the season because of poor grades.

As a sophomore in the 2004–2005 season, Williams averaged 9.6 points and 7.8 assists a game. He was named Big East Most Improved Player.

In his junior year, he was kicked off the men's basketball team for several months, for attempting to sell stolen laptop computers along with teammate A. J. Price.[1] Williams averaged 12.3 points, 8.6 assists, and shot 86% from the free throw line. In a game against Notre Dame, he recorded the sixth triple-double in UConn history with 18 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds.[2] In the 2006 NCAA tourney, he averaged 20 points, 8.8 assists, while shooting 52% from the field, 56% from three-point range, and 96% from the free throw line. Williams scored a career-high 26 points in a memorable 98–92 overtime Sweet 16 win against Washington on March 24, 2006.[3]

Professional career[edit]

NBA career[edit]

New Jersey Nets[edit]

Williams was selected 22nd overall in the 2006 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets. Former teammates Josh Boone, Rudy Gay, Hilton Armstrong, and Denham Brown were also selected, with all but Brown being first round picks. Marcus Williams was named to the Rookie team for the 2007 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge at the 2007 NBA All-Star Weekend. As a rookie in 2006–07, Williams played in 79 games, averaging 6.8 ppg and 3.3 apg.

Golden State Warriors[edit]

On July 22, 2008, Williams was traded by the Nets to the Golden State Warriors for a conditional first-round pick.[4] On March 10, 2009 Marcus Williams was released by the Golden State Warriors.

Memphis Grizzlies[edit]

In July 2009, Williams began playing on the Memphis Grizzlies Summer League team in Las Vegas, Nevada. He joined 2009 first round pick Hasheem Thabeet, undrafted rookie free agent Jeff Adrien, and Rudy Gay as one of four former UConn Huskies on the Grizzlies' Summer League roster. On August 7, 2009, Williams officially signed with the Grizzlies.[5]

International career[edit]

Williams signed with the Quebradillas Pirates of the Puerto Rican Basketball League (BSN) in late March 2009. During the first half of the season, Williams averaged 15.0 points per game, 5.3 rebounds and 9.3 assists. He had registered one triple-double and was the league-leader in assists.[6] He was also selected to play in the league's All-Star game and won the game's MVP award, as well as winning the Skills Contest. He also finished the season earning All-BSN First Team honors with teammate Peter John Ramos, and helping the Pirates to the best record in the league. Because he went to the Memphis Grizzlies summer league team and left the Pirates, he missed the league finals, and the Pirates lost the championship.

In August 2010 he signed a one-year contract with the Russian pro team BC Enisey Krasnoyarsk.[7]

In late November 2011, he signed a contract with the Jiangsu Dragons of China.[8]

On August 19, 2013, Williams signed a contract with Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar.[9][10]

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

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006–07 New Jersey 79 2 16.6 .395 .282 .847 2.1 3.3 .4 .0 6.8
2007–08 New Jersey 53 7 16.1 .379 .380 .787 1.9 2.6 .5 .1 5.9
2008–09 Golden State 9 0 6.0 .235 .333 .333 .4 1.4 .1 .1 1.3
2009–10 Memphis 62 1 14.1 .384 .296 .673 1.5 2.6 .5 .0 4.3
Career 203 10 15.2 .386 .321 .767 1.8 2.8 .4 .0 5.6

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007 New Jersey 12 0 6.5 .333 .077 .800 .8 1.1 .1 .0 2.4
Career 12 0 6.5 .333 .077 .800 .8 1.1 .1 .0 2.4

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