Mo Williams

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Not to be confused with Mo Willems.
Mo Williams
Mo Williams.jpg
Williams during his tenure with the Clippers
No. 25 – Minnesota Timberwolves
Position Point guard / Shooting guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1982-12-19) December 19, 1982 (age 31)
Jackson, Mississippi
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school Murrah (Jackson, Mississippi)
College Alabama (2001–2003)
NBA draft 2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47th overall
Selected by the Utah Jazz
Pro career 2003–present
Career history
2003–2004 Utah Jazz
20042008 Milwaukee Bucks
20082011 Cleveland Cavaliers
20112012 Los Angeles Clippers
2012–2013 Utah Jazz
2013–2014 Portland Trail Blazers
2014–present Minnesota Timberwolves
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com

Maurice "Mo" Williams (born December 19, 1982) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays 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 solid 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 Cleveland 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.

College career[edit]

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.

After two seasons, Williams decided to forgo his final two years at Alabama and enter the 2003 NBA draft, which also included LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and others.

NBA career[edit]

Utah Jazz[edit]

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.

Milwaukee Bucks[edit]

Williams with the 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.[citation needed]

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.

In a December 20, 2006, Bucks game vs. the Miami Heat, Williams recorded his first career triple-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.[1]

Williams was a free agent in summer 2007, but decided to stay with the Bucks by signing a six-year, $52 million deal.[2][3]

Cleveland Cavaliers[edit]

Williams with the Cavaliers

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.[4] 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.[5] He was the second alternate choice, after Ray Allen, who replaced an injured Jameer Nelson.

On February 11, 2009, Mo Williams scored a career high 44 points to go along with 7 assists against the Phoenix Suns.

During the 2008–09 season, Mo Williams helped the Cleveland 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.[6]

Los Angeles Clippers[edit]

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.[7] 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.[8]

Return to Utah Jazz[edit]

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.[9]

Portland Trail Blazers[edit]

On August 8, 2013, Williams signed with the Portland Trail Blazers.[10] 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.[11]

Minnesota Timberwolves[edit]

On July 30, 2014, Williams signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves[12] to a reported one-year, $3.75 million contract.[13]

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
2003–04 Utah 57 0 13.5 .380 .256 .786 1.3 1.3 .5 .0 5.0
2004–05 Milwaukee 80 80 28.2 .438 .323 .850 3.1 6.1 .9 .1 10.2
2005–06 Milwaukee 58 12 26.4 .424 .382 .850 2.5 4.0 .9 .1 12.1
2006–07 Milwaukee 68 68 36.4 .446 .346 .855 4.8 6.1 1.3 .1 17.3
2007–08 Milwaukee 66 66 36.5 .480 .385 .856 3.5 6.3 1.2 .2 17.2
2008–09 Cleveland 81 81 35.0 .467 .436 .912 3.4 4.1 .9 .1 17.8
2009–10 Cleveland 69 68 34.2 .442 .429 .894 3.0 5.3 1.0 .3 15.8
2010–11 Cleveland 36 34 29.6 .385 .265 .833 2.7 7.1 .9 .3 13.3
2010–11 L.A. Clippers 22 22 32.9 .422 .398 .880 2.5 5.6 .9 .0 15.2
2011–12 L.A. Clippers 52 1 28.3 .426 .389 .900 1.9 3.1 1.0 .1 13.2
2012–13 Utah 46 46 30.8 .430 .383 .882 2.4 6.2 1.0 .2 12.9
2013–14 Portland 74 0 24.8 .417 .369 .876 2.1 4.3 .7 .1 9.7
Career 709 478 29.8 .438 .385 .87 2.8 4.9 .9 .1 13.3
All-Star 1 0 17.0 .500 .400 .000 2.0 5.0 .0 .0 12.0

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006 Milwaukee 5 0 15.0 .500 .182 .000 .6 2.0 .2 .0 7.2
2009 Cleveland 14 14 38.6 .408 .372 .767 3.2 4.1 .7 .1 16.3
2010 Cleveland 11 11 37.4 .409 .327 .804 3.1 5.4 .5 .2 14.4
2012 L.A. Clippers 11 0 20.8 .436 .364 .923 .8 1.4 .5 .5 9.6
2014 Portland 8 0 23.4 .373 .238 .909 1.5 1.9 .4 .0 7.4
Career 49 25 29.4 .416 .336 0.814 2.1 3.2 .5 .2 12.0

Career highs[edit]

  • Points: 44 vs. Phoenix 02/11/09
  • 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

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