Williams during his tenure with the Clippers
|No. 25 – Minnesota Timberwolves|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
December 19, 1982 |
|Listed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Listed weight||198 lb (90 kg)|
|High school||Murrah (Jackson, Mississippi)|
|NBA draft||2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47th overall|
|Selected by the Utah Jazz|
|2011–2012||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2013–2014||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
Maurice "Mo" Williams (born December 19, 1982) is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After a successful high school career at Murrah High School, Williams attended college at the University of Alabama, where he led his team as a freshman to a 27–8 record, and also shared an SEC regular-season championship. After two seasons at Alabama, Williams entered the 2003 NBA draft, and was selected as the 47th pick by the Utah Jazz. The following year, he signed with the Milwaukee Bucks as a free agent. Williams was given the starting point guard position after Milwaukee traded their former starting point guard, T. J. Ford, to the Toronto Raptors. That movement opened up a chance for Williams to make a name for himself not only on the Milwaukee Bucks, but in the NBA as well. Williams averaged over 30 minutes a game, as well as other career achievements.
On August 13, 2008, Williams was a part of a three-team, six-player deal involving the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Williams was traded to the Cavaliers, and was immediately named their starting point guard. He began scoring big numbers alongside LeBron James. Williams played in his first All-Star Game in 2009 as a replacement for Toronto's injured Chris Bosh. Williams later played for the Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz before signing with the Trail Blazers in 2013.
Williams attended college at the University of Alabama under Mark Gottfried. In 2002 as a freshman, he started every game at point guard. Williams averaged 10.4 points and 4.5 assists per game. His play helped lead the Tide to a 27–8 record, including a 17–0 home record, and the SEC regular-season championship. Williams and the Tide entered the NCAA tournament as a No. 2 seed, where they lost to Kent State 71–58 in the second round. Williams led the team in scoring and assists, averaging 16.4 points and 3.8 assists per game for the 2003 season, which ended in a first-round loss in the NCAA tournament to Indiana.
Williams was selected by the Utah Jazz in the second round, 47th overall of the 2003 NBA Draft. He averaged 5 points and 1.3 assists for the Jazz in his rookie season. The following year he was released by the Jazz, then he signed with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Filling in for Bucks' injured starting point guard T. J. Ford, Williams averaged 10.2 points and 6.1 assists during the 2004–05 season. In his new role coming off of the bench for the up-and-coming Bucks team, he showed a knack for clutch plays, making several game-winning shots in the 2005–06 season.
In the 2006 off-season, the Bucks traded Ford to the Toronto Raptors for power forward Charlie Villanueva. This opened up a position in the starting lineup for Williams. In the first 19 games of the 2006-07 season, Williams averaged 15.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 6.2 assists in nearly 35 minutes per game, all career highs.
On August 13, 2008, Williams was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a three-team, six-player deal involving the Cavaliers, the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Oklahoma City Thunder that also sent Cleveland's Joe Smith and Milwaukee's Desmond Mason to Oklahoma City and sent Cleveland's Damon Jones and Oklahoma City's Luke Ridnour and Adrian Griffin to Milwaukee. Upon his arrival, he changed his jersey number to #2 because his traditional #25 was already retired by former Cavalier Mark Price.
On February 10, 2009, Williams was chosen to replace forward Chris Bosh in the 2009 NBA All-Star Game. He was the second alternate choice, after Ray Allen, who replaced an injured Jameer Nelson. On February 11, Williams scored a then career high 44 points to go along with 7 assists against the Phoenix Suns.
During the 2008–09 season, Williams helped the Cavaliers reach a league-leading 66–16 record. The team went 39–2 at the Quicken Loans Arena.
After the departure of LeBron James, Williams became a very vocal member of the Cavaliers. Amidst trade rumors, Mo hinted on his Twitter account that he didn't wish to be traded. He also criticized the events surrounding LeBron's flight from Cleveland and even shot back at insults made to the Cavaliers by Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade.
On November 14, 2010, Williams made his first buzzer beater as a Cavalier, to win the game 83-81 over the Milwaukee Bucks. It was a 15 foot shot over Brandon Jennings as time expired. He scored a total of 25 points in the game and was the team's leading scorer.
Los Angeles Clippers
On February 24, 2011, Williams was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers along with Jamario Moon in exchange for Baron Davis and a first round pick, which ended up being the first pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Kyrie Irving. With the Clippers, Williams was immediately inserted into the starting lineup to play both guard positions, and was able to raise his averages in points-per-game and field goal percentage.
The following season, the Clippers traded for Chris Paul and claimed Chauncey Billups off waivers, making Williams the Clippers' new sixth man. He embraced the role and finished eighth in voting for NBA Sixth Man of the Year.
Return to Utah Jazz
On June 29, 2012, Mo Williams was traded back to the Jazz in a 4 team deal that sent Lamar Odom to the Los Angeles Clippers and the Utah Jazz's trade exception to the Dallas Mavericks. The Clippers also sent their second round pick Furkan Aldemir to the Houston Rockets.
Portland Trail Blazers
On August 8, 2013, Williams signed with the Portland Trail Blazers. On November 23, 2013, in a game against the Warriors, Williams was ejected along with teammate Wesley Matthews after getting involved in an altercation. He was subsequently suspended for one game. Williams injured his groin in game two of the Trail Blazers' second round play-off match-up against the San Antonio Spurs.
On January 13, 2015, Williams scored a career-high 52 points on 19-of-33 shooting, breaking the franchise single-game scoring record set by Kevin Love and Corey Brewer by one point in a 110-102 victory over the Indiana Pacers. This was just the third time in Williams' career that he scored more than 40 points. He subsequently earned Western Conference Player of the Week honors for the week of January 12–18.
NBA career statistics
|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|
- Points: 52 @ Indiana 01/13/15
- Rebounds: 11 vs. Miami 12/20/06
- Assists: 15 @ Chicago 12/28/07
- Steals: 6 @ Charlotte 01/06/08
- Blocks: 4 vs. Atlanta 04/02/10
- ESPN - Miami vs. Milwaukee Recap, December 20, 2006
- "Sports Illustrated". July 24, 2007. Retrieved August 8, 2013.[dead link]
- "Mo Williams Press Conference July 24, 2007". Retrieved August 8, 2013.
- Cavaliers Acquire Williams in Three-Team Trade, August 13th, 2008
- "Cavs' Williams gets spot after all". ESPN. Retrieved 2009-09-29.
- "Williams' shot at buzzer lifts Cavs". CNN.
- "CLIPPERS ACQUIRE WILLIAMS AND MOON". NBA.com. 2011-02-24. Retrieved 2011-02-24.
- Thunder's James Harden wins Kia Sixth Man Award
- "Jazz Obtains Mo Williams in Four-Team Trade". NBA.com.
- TRAIL BLAZERS SIGN GUARD MO WILLIAMS
- Portland's Williams unlikely for Game 3
- "Timberwolves Sign Guard Mo Williams". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 30, 2014. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
- "Timberwolves announce signing of veteran guard Mo Williams". FoxNews.com. July 30, 2014. Retrieved July 31, 2014.
- Mo Williams scores 52, Wolves top Pacers to end 15-game skid
- Wolves' Mo Williams Named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week for Jan. 12-18
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