Shammond Omar Williams (born April 5, 1975) is a naturalized Georgian former professional basketball player who grew up in the United States (represented the Republic of Georgia internationally). The 6'1" (1.85 m) combination point guard/shooting guard was known for his long-range shooting accuracy. Over the years, he played on various teams, ranging from the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA to FC Barcelona.
After attending Fork Union Military Academy, Williams played college basketball at North Carolina under Dean Smith and later, Bill Guthridge. During the 1997-1998 season, he was a member of new coach Bill Guthridge's successful "Six Starters" rotation with Antawn Jamison, Vince Carter, Ed Cota, Ademola Okulaja and Makhtar N'Diaye. That season (his final college season), he averaged 16.7 points and 4.2 assists per game to go along with career averages of 10.7 points and 3.0 assists per game.
When Williams graduated from North Carolina, he held the following school records:
- Most Career Three Point Field Goals Made: 233
- Most Season Three Point Field Goals Made: 95
- Most Three Point Field Goals Made in a Game: 8 (tie)
- Highest Career Free Throw Percentage: .849
- Highest Season Free Throw Percentage .911
Williams also became a pioneer of the internet during his collegiate career. In 1995, Shammond Williams became the very first collegiate athlete to have a website dedicated to him on the World Wide Web. The website was developed by Seth Fleishman, and an archive of "Shammond's World" is still available for viewing.
Williams was selected in the second round, 34th overall, of the 1998 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. While he never played for the Bulls, he did play for the Atlanta Hawks, Seattle SuperSonics, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, New Orleans Hornets, and Orlando Magic.
He played internationally for Unics Kazan of Russia (where he obtained Georgian citizenship) and for Winterthur FC Barcelona of the Spanish Asociación de Clubs de Baloncesto (ACB). He has played for the Georgia national team and was the Most Valuable Player of the 2005 EuroChallenge All-Star Game.
Williams signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on July 12, 2006. After spending one season with the Lakers, Williams returned to Europe and signed with Pamesa Velencia for three seasons. Before the start of the 2009-2010 ACB regular season, Pamesa Valencia released Williams, whereupon he trained on his own in the United States. On November 9, 2009, Williams returned to Spain and signed with Unicaja Málaga.
- Shammond Williams Statistics - Basketball-Reference.com
- UNC Records
- Origin of the Blue Heaven Pages
- Georgia on Williams's mind, 29 July 2004
- Sports | PE.com | Southern California News | News for Inland Southern California
- Pamesa adds Shammond Williams
- UNICAJA lands guard Shammond Williams
- BC Apollon lands former NBA Shammond Williams
- Un Williams in più (Italian)
- NBA.com: Shammond Williams Printable Stats
- Chester complete McCullough swoop
- NBA.com Profile
- Euroleague.net Profile
- Shammond Williams at Basketball-Reference.com
- Basketpedya.com Profile
- HoopsHype.com Profile
- Profile On Pamesa Valencia Official Site